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We are very excited to tell you about our new project – BPAS Fertility!
BPAS Fertility advocates for patient-centred fertility care and fair IVF provision within the NHS. In addition, we are working towards launching a brand new fertility service that is ethical, evidence-based and patient centred, with provision coming in 2021. This high-quality service will offer our clients the chance to have a child while being supported every step of the way, all on a not-for-profit basis.
Our Director of Embryology, Marta Jansa Perez, can tell you more about our up and coming service!
As part of BPAS Fertility’s advocacy, today we have launched a new report ([link removed][UNIQID]) looking into the policies held by NHS CCGs, with reference to the number of IVF cycles offered, female age limits, inclusivity for female same-sex couples and single women, and more. IVF provision in the UK is governed by NICE guidance, however the extent to which providers follow this guidance is varied, which has led to significant regional variations in fertility funding and care, dubbed the ‘IVF postcode lottery’. BPAS is committed to ending this lottery, by advocating for #FairIVF access across the NHS.
Please take action today by emailing your MP, to ask them to support fair IVF access and end the postcode lottery:
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Our report was picked up this weekend by the Sunday Times ([link removed][UNIQID]) , which revealed that women are being denied IVF due to their relationship status. Some CCGs directly exclude single women from their policies, while others do so indirectly through the inclusion of relationship criteria such as being in a long-term ‘stable relationship’, therefore excluding single women.
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We also have brand new social media channels, where we will be tackling all things fertility including success rates, inclusivity and pricing. You can stay up to date by using the buttons below
Thank you as always for your support.
The bpas team
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** Our work
We Trust Women
Under a law from 1861 any woman, anywhere in the UK, can go to prison for ending a pregnancy without the permission of two doctors. MPs support change, but we need the opportunity to make it happen. We are considering several legislative routes, including one based on the forthcoming Domestic Abuse Bill.
Preventing clinic protests
Anti-abortion activism targeted at clinics is on the rise in the UK. We are working to introduce buffer zones around abortion clinics to protect women and staff from intimidation and harassment. So far two buffer zones have been introduced, and more are in the pipeline.
Fighting the two-child benefits cap
The two-child benefits cap pushes families into poverty and impacts women's reproductive decisions. We are working with other UK charities to fight it. Read our briefing here ([link removed][UNIQID]) .
Just Say Non!
Our campaign for accessible emergency contraception has seen prices slashed across major pharmacy chains. We're now working to make it available straight from the pharmacy shelf, without a mandatory consultation – as already happens in the USA, Canada, and many European countries.
Improving access to contraception
We're working with pharmacists nationwide to improve access to several methods of contraception, including the injection and the pill.
Working with women in prisons
Our contraceptive counselling & well woman advice service in Europe's largest women’s prison, HMP Bronzefield, was an RCNi Nurse Awards ([link removed][UNIQID]) finalist. We provide confidential, non-judgemental counselling & education to aid women's wellbeing & rehabilitation.
Decriminalisation further afield
We’ve been working with pro-choice campaigners and the governments of the Isle of Man and Gibraltar to change their laws outlawing abortion and help them provide care for their citizens.
Women who are pregnant or planning a pregnancy are bombarded with public health messages, for example about what to eat, drink, how much they should weigh, and what medications they should or shouldn’t take. The WRISK project ([link removed][UNIQID]) aims to understand and improve the communication of risk in pregnancy, to make things better for women.
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