Ann Furedi

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Ann Furedi
Ann Marie Bradley

(1960-10-31) 31 October 1960 (age 62)
Other namesAnn Burton
Known forChief executive of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service
(m. 1982)

Ann Marie Furedi (née Bradley; born 31 October 1960)[1] is the former chief executive of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service, the UK's largest independent abortion provider.

Furedi has worked in pro-choice organisations for more than 20 years, mainly in policy and communications. She ran the press office of the UK Family Planning Association before leading Birth Control Trust, a charity that advocated the need for research and development in methods of contraception and abortion. Before joining BPAS, as its chief executive in June 2003, Furedi was Director of Policy and Communications for the UK regulator of infertility treatment and embryo research, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA). She is regarded as a leading pro-choice advocate and spokesperson, often appearing in the media representing this perspective.[2]

Prior to her career in pro-choice organisations, Furedi was a journalist, specialising in healthcare features for women's magazines, including Cosmopolitan and Company, sometimes writing under her maiden name, Bradley. She is also known as Ann Burton. In the early 1980s, she worked for the National Council for Civil Liberties as its Gay Rights Officer.[3]

In 1982, she married Frank Furedi, the founder and then leader of the British Revolutionary Communist Party (RCP).[4]

Ann Furedi was a contributor to the party's LM Magazine until it folded in 2000 after being found to have libelled ITN journalists.[5] She has also contributed to Spiked Online, an online magazine, that identifies itself as libertarian humanist. For that magazine, she has written in support of sex-selective abortion.[6]

Furedi is the vice-chairman of the Governing Body at MidKent College.[7]


  1. ^ "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 8 July 2020.
  2. ^ "They’re trying to shut us down", The Times, 20 October 2004.
  3. ^ Mark Lilly, The National Council for Civil Liberties, the First Fifty Years, Macmillan, 1984, p. 140.
  4. ^ Daily Telegraph
  5. ^ Deborah Orr (23 June 2000). "Farewell - It was Fun While It Lasted (Comment)". The Independent.
  6. ^ Philipson, Alice (18 September 2013). "Women are legally free to abort a baby because of its sex, says abortion charity head". The Telegraph. UK. Archived from the original on 19 September 2013. Retrieved 20 December 2013.
  7. ^ Meet the MidKent College Governors Archived 20 October 2014 at the Wayback Machine

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