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International Women’s Day - FULLY BOOKED

Start: 03/03/2017 09:00
End: 03/03/2017 15:30

Location: RCOG
Programme: RCOG International Women's Day 2017.pdf

Joint RCOG/FSRH event

Please note that this course is fully booked

Abortion care: Our responsibilityIWD 2017


Each year in England and Wales around 200,000 women have an abortion, making this the most common medical or surgical procedure performed in this country. Around one-third of British women will have had an abortion by the time they reach the age of 45. 

Fifty years after the Abortion Act 1967, the RCOG has identified as a key priority the need to ensure today’s abortion services are sustainable into the future. Changes to the way abortion care is commissioned and delivered are having an impact on doctors’ access to training and women’s access to services, while the low prestige and stigma that can be associated with abortion care are affecting morale. 

Join the RCOG and the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (FSRH) to celebrate International Women’s Day 2017, where our aim is to ensure abortion is seen as a core part of women’s health services, not ‘somebody else’s business’. We invite all healthcare professionals who provide abortion care to attend. 

Expert speakers and advocates for abortion care will provide insights into the challenges experienced in providing training in this area, what it’s like to work in abortion care, and the wider environment in which abortion services are delivered. The programme includes presentations on:

  • The moral case for abortion
  • Training and working in abortion care – stigma, conscientious objection, and the view from clinicians
  • The effect of unintended pregnancy and abortion on mental health and wellbeing
  • Recent technical advances in abortion care
  • Commissioning abortion services in the UK
  • The RCOG Abortion Task Force

Attendees will also have the chance to take part in a panel discussion looking at current clinical controversies in abortion care, as well as an interactive workshop exploring attitudes to abortion.

We look forward to welcoming you to what we believe will be an inspiring and informative day.

Course organiser

Professor Lesley Regan, President, RCOG 

Honorary Director of Conferences

Mr Nick Panay MRCOG, London

Please note that this course is fully booked. If you would like your details added to our waiting list, please email your name and the title of this event to You will only be notified if a space becomes available.

For any queries regarding registration, please contact Jocelyn Harrold:

For any other queries, please contact Kim Helm: