Selling my fertility changed the law in Britain

Warren Fyfe

In the mid-1980s a fertility agency began offering infertile couples the chance to pay a woman to have a baby on their behalf. It was a controversial move that attracted intense media coverage and much criticism of those involved. In 1985, Kim Cotton became Britain’s first surrogate mother. Through the agency, she was paid to [...]

Why this girl didn’t speak at school until she was seven

Warren Fyfe

Ruweyda is seven years old and has only recently started talking in school. She suffers from a condition called selective mutism, a severe anxiety disorder that means she’s unable to speak in certain social situations. School used to be one of those places – until she started music therapy classes. Produced by Cebo Luthuli. Article [...]

Dying in prison: Two women’s stories

Warren Fyfe

Image caption Jessica Whitchurch The number of women who died in prison in England and Wales reached a record high of 22 last year, and more than half of them took their own lives, Prisons and Probation Ombudsman Nigel Newcomen reported this week. “Behind the statistics are stories of avoidable tragedy,” says Deborah Coles, director [...]

Jenna Cook: The adopted girl claimed by 50 birth families

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright Chutian Metropolis Daily Image caption Jenna Cook puts up a poster to try and find her birth family When Jenna Cook went back to China at the age of 20 to search for her birth parents, she knew she was unlikely to succeed. What she didn’t expect was that she would meet dozens [...]

‘I was sterilised against my will’

Warren Fyfe

After an emergency caesarean, Victoria Vigo found she had been sterilised – despite not having given her consent. Like many others who endured the same treatment, she is demanding justice. “I wanted to have more children, but that choice was taken away from me without my permission – that was my decision to make not [...]

The disturbing YouTube videos that are tricking children

Warren Fyfe

Thousands of videos on YouTube look like versions of popular cartoons but contain disturbing and inappropriate content not suitable for children. If you’re not paying much attention, it might look like an ordinary video featuring Peppa Pig, the cheeky porcine star of her own animated series. But soon after pressing play on this particular YouTube [...]

Londoners share images of unity and strength after Westminster attack

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright Twitter/@xBexbabesx Messages of unity and strength following Westminster attack Londoners are showing strength and unity following the terror attack in Westminster using hashtags including #WeAreNotAfraid, #WeStandTogether, #LondonIsOpen and #UnitedTogether. Four people were killed in the attack on Wednesday – Aysha Frade, Kurt Cochran, PC Keith Palmer and the attacker – while several others [...]