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Annual Reports of the Brook Advisory Centres
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- Abortion Law Reform Association
- Archives and manuscripts
About this work
These reports are not part of the records of the Abortion Law Reform Association. They were sent to the Institute of Medical Sociology in Aberdeen in 1979 by Caroline Woodruffe of the Brook Advisory Centres 'for your archives'. They were included in the material given to the Contemporary Medical Archives Centre in December 1982, plus a few supplementary reports added by Jean Aitken Swan. There was originally a report of the Coventry Brook Advisory Centre for 1978 which has not been found. These reports have been retained because of their intrinsic interest and their close relation to the issues of abortion, contraception, fertility control and sex education generally.
The Brook Advisory Centres were set up in 1963 in order to give young, unmarried people advice on birth control and help with sexual and emotional problems. The first one was established in London by the Marie Stopes Memorial Foundation. This was in the days when most local Family Planning Association clinics would only give advice to the married or the very shortly to be married. For fuller details see the Report of the Brook Advisory Centres (for the year ending Dec 1965), which was originally published in Family Planning, July 1966, and is to be found in SA/ALR/F.1