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Concern about study's conclusions on repeat teen abortions

23 September 2015

Concern has been expressed about the conclusions of a newly-published study into repeat abortions among teenagers.

Three academics at the University of East Anglia (see Notes for Editors below) have found that "over the past 20 years, the proportion of teenagers in England and Wales having an abortion as a result of a subsequent pregnancy increased by 33%". They also found that "nearly one in four teenagers presenting for an abortion have already been in contact with health services for a previous birth or abortion." The authors call for "teenagers to have an effective contraceptive plan in place" after pregnancy.

Paul Tully, general secretary of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) commented: "The authors have reached the wrong conclusion. They are calling for more contraception, even though more provision of contraception to teenagers does nothing to reduce either the rates of abortion or the rates of unplanned pregnancies. 'More contraception' is the mantra of the abortion industry – the clinics, abortion practitioners, and officials in the health department.

Protecting young people

"We need a radical rethink about teenage pregnancy. All previous government-back schemes have failed in recent decades. No one has provided a convincing account of why the teenage pregnancy statistics have decreased slightly.

"The main problem is not that teenagers are getting pregnant. The main problem is that those teenagers are unmarried, which means they are more likely to have abortions and more susceptible to exploitation by men.

"Teenagers don't need more access to contraception. Rather, young people respond to a positive message and vision - such as the happiness that marriage and fidelity can bring. Society should be assuring young people that waiting for marriage to have sex is better for their happiness and health", concluded Mr Tully.

For further comments or an interview with Paul Tully, please contact Anthony Ozimic, SPUC's Media Manager, on:

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  • Farizki

    11 October 2015, 8:18am

    Mr Turner, It was a pleasure to find news in the Ukrainian onilne media about this your blog post, and fully read it here. As I see, you deeply understand what is going on now at Ukraine's political scene and express unbiased and balanced opinion, as the European diplomats usually do.Unfortunately, if EU will decide to suspend Ukraine's progress towards Free Trade Agreement & Association Treaty, it will be terribly sad news for Ukrainians as a nation, and Ukraine as a young state. However, it will be incredibly happy news for dozens of old ex-Soviet bureaucrats, officials & politicians here, in Russia & Belarus. Because they obviously want to stay at power as long as they can, and keep this whole territory untouchable by the West with transparency, press freedom, political freedoms, and democracy.I know that global diplomacy is not an easy business. As for me, escalating political pressure on regimes, which neglect democratic values, introducing various sanctions against them can be effective in short term. But I am not sure that the international pressure only could stimulate about 25-28 mln of Ukrainian voters to change their lives for better. I am getting upset looking how Ukrainian authorities are sliding down to Lukashenko's model.At the same time the world history know examples of finding the unique, complex diplomatic solutions in unprecedented political situations. (Last bloody and chaotic uprisings in North Africa can not be a model for Ukraine, because it could lead to separating my country to two or more pieces of instability for years). Ukraine again is in a unique globally-related situation after the Orange Revolution 2004, may be in much harder circumstances: more poor, frustrated and angry people are against more radical, unprofessional and hungry to power & money only elite which has just almost no compassion.It would be good if developed West (in cooperation with Russia) could find the right tactical & strategic solution, using right tools and ways towards Ukrainian authorities.

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