On 13 November 2019, BU hosted a one day interdisciplinary conference addressing a range of perspectives and concerns relating to human fertility control. The event was opened with a keynote presentation from Clare Murphy, Director of External Affairs at the British Pregnancy Advisory Service on ‘Compelling choices: decision-making around contraception in the UK today’.
This was followed by a series of contributions – including presentations from charitable, medical and academic stakeholders – with coverage of emergency and long-acting reversible contribution; population control through nudging behaviours; recognition of a legal right to family planning and discussion of abortion care and regulation. The conference was organised by Jeffrey Wale, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Humanities and Law and was funded by an Acceleration of Research and Networking (ACORN) award aimed at supporting Early Career Researchers. One of the central aims of the event was to start up conversations, generate new links and to establish a network of interested parties.