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My Foetus

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 22 April 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1021
  1. Deirdre J Murphy (, professor of obstetrics and gynaecology
  1. University of Dundee

    Channel 4, 20 April at 11 05 pm

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    Termination of pregnancy is a difficult issue with rights and wrongs, whatever your personal perspective. It is difficult for patients, it is difficult for health-care professionals, and it is difficult for society. I work as an obstetrician in a city where one in three pregnancies is terminated. It is hard to rationalise an approach that promotes safe motherhood within an environment of high “wastage.” Termination of pregnancy is a bitter fact of life for many people in the United Kingdom and it affects us all in one way or another. I am confused about termination and I am not alone. There is tremendous scope for mainstream medical journalism to contribute to an informed debate, to educate, or even to provoke and challenge the values of sexually active people in this country. And so I watched this Channel 4 documentary with interest.

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    Filmmaker Julia Black

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    Julia Black, a filmmaker, is in the third trimester of …

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