Based on the legal, historical and social background of abortion in the UK, this book examines the wider issues that contribute to an unwanted pregnancy and a woman's decision about termination. Joanna Brien and Ida Fairbairn provide information on how to answer questions regarding methods of abortion and the development of the fetus, and give advice on how to structure sessions to meet the particular needs of each client. Guidance is given on dealing with special situations, such as a client who is HIV positive, a victim of rape or someone suffering from depression. Drawing the distinction between social and medical terminations, the authors examine the various methods of screening and types of fetal abnormality that can be detected. A chapter devoted to counseling after abortion focuses on the client's experience of loss and the difficulties of coming to terms with her decision.