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Sam Rowlands developed an interest in contraception and abortion even before qualifying in medicine. He conducted one of the first clinical trails of emergency contraception while a research assistant at the Margaret Pyke Centre in London. He trained in general practice and he gained his MD while a GP in an English market town. Subsequently he switched to community sexual and reproductive health.

He has a special interest in contraceptive devices and their safety. He has also had an interest in abortion for many years; more recently he has focused on the regulation of non-surgical abortion methods, human rights and stigma.

He has experience of being a Module Leader and Dissertation Supervisor on an MSc at the University of Warwick. He has held several officer, editorial and committee chair appointments at the Faculty of Sexual & Reproductive Healthcare. He continues to be active as a peer reviewer of articles for a range of journals.

After frequently being called upon to give evidence for the civil courts he took an LLM...



Sam has edited a book entitled Abortion Care which was published by Cambridge University Press on 28 August 2014.

Co-Investigator Wellcome Trust Normative female Sexuality and Abortion Stigma: a feasibility study using Qualitative Secondary Analysis (SASS)


Journal Articles



  • Rowlands, S., 2015. Contraceptive devices for women: implants, intrauterine devices and other products. Medicines for women. Cham: Springer.
  • Rowlands, S., 2011. Contraception and sexual problems. In: Khot, A. and Polmear, A., eds. Practical General Practice. Elsevier Health Sciences.
  • Rowlands, S., 1999. Intrauterine contraception. In: Kubba, A., Sanfilippo, J.S. and Hampton, N., eds. Contraception and office gynecology. Bailliere Tindall.
  • Rowlands, S., 1993. Analysis of the family planning consultation. In: Montford, H., ed. Contraceptive Care. Hodder Arnold.

Invited Lectures

  • Parental authorisation of abortion. 13th FIAPAC Congress, Ljubljana, 3 October 2014
  • A global view of conscientious objection in abortion care. 13th Congress of the ESCRH, Lisbon, 30 May 2014
  • Self-adminstered medical abortion. First Global Conference of ESCRH, Copenhagen, 24 May 2013
  • Breast cancer. Sequelae of abortion: myths and facts. 10th FIAPAC Congress, Edinburgh, 21 October 2012
  • Postabortion care The first All-Ireland conference on abortion and clinical practice, Co. Down, Northern Ireland, 8 October 2010
  • Risk management in abortion care. 8th Congress of FIAPAC, Berlin, 24 October 2008
  • Is repeat abortion a problem? Future of abortion: controversies and care, BPAS, London, 26 June 2008
  • The role of abortion providers in contraception care. Mifepristone medical abortion: protecting, preserving and defending our gains, Gynuity Health Projects, New York, 8 June 2004
  • Emergency contraception: how do we spread the word? Association of Reproductive Health Professionals 30th Annual meeting "Reproductive Health '93: prevention in clinical practice", Orlando, Florida, 29 January 1993
  • Long-term effects of abortion: myths or fact? Seminar on Avoiding Unwanted Pregnancies, Zagreb, 29 May 2015
  • Types of abortion law. Seminar on Avoiding Unwanted Pregnancies, Zagreb, 30 May 2015
  • Impact of abortion law on providers, Royal College of Obstetricians & gynaecologists, 29 Oct 2015 more

External Responsibilities


  • MBBS in Medicine (University of London, 1974)
  • DRCOG in Obstetrics & Gynaecology (Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, 1976)
  • DCH in Paediatrics (Royal College of Physicians of England, 1978)
  • MD in Medicine (University of London, 1999)
  • FFSRH in Sexual and Reproductive Health (Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare, 2005)
  • FRCGP in General Practice (Royal College of General Practitioners, 2006)
  • LLM in Medical Law (University of Northumbria, 2009)
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