Abortion instead of contraception

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-19-2004
Abortion instead of contraception
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Fri, 03-21-2008 - 9:25am

This article is about abortion statistics in the UK.


Parts of it are scary.


In particular


The statistics, for 2006, showed nearly 15,000 women were having their third or more abortion, while 54 of those had terminated eight or more pregnancies.


But Mr Pritchard, the MP for The Wrekin in Shropshire, said abortion was being seen as an alternative to contraception "in far too many cases".


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iVillage Member
Registered: 03-19-2004
Fri, 03-21-2008 - 9:30am

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iVillage Member
Registered: 01-07-2007
Fri, 03-21-2008 - 10:00am

From the article, important to note:

'Contraceptive failure'

Labour MP Chris McCafferty, who chairs Parliament's all-party group on population, development and reproductive health, said all PCTs "must include comprehensive contraception options when commissioning abortion services".

"The simple equation is that poor contraception services equal more rates of abortion, including repeat ones.

"Nevertheless contraception and abortion services still remain the poor relation in public health, both in terms of health priorities and funding.

"This is especially true for women over the age of 25 who don't have specialist services in the way teenagers and young women do."

She said the figures suggested that most women having repeat abortions fell pregnant as "a result of contraceptive failure", having "completed their family, rather than any recklessness".

"The longer you are sexually active, the more likely you are to have an unwanted pregnancy or experience contraceptive failure."

Reducing the time limit from 24 to 20 weeks would make no difference to the number of repeat abortions, Mrs McCafferty said, as almost all of those having an abortion after 20 weeks were "first-timers".


iVillage Member
Registered: 08-31-2004
Fri, 03-21-2008 - 2:04pm

It's not so much an availability problem, as every woman in the UK can get contraception free from her doctor. I think it's an education problem. There just isn't the stress put on safe sex that there should be.


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Registered: 05-01-2007
Fri, 03-21-2008 - 7:49pm

ITA! Clearly, there is some lack of communication or effective contraception education. I'd the same issues are in the US as well. Of course, we have to deal with the spectacular failure of abstinence only sex ed as well. Ugh.


I also can't understand not being more vigiliant in your contraceptive use once you've had one unplanned pregnancy, or putting yourself through multiple abortions. (I know BC can fail)


I'd have to say that the vast majority of both PC and PL people I know would much rather have more contraception as opposed to multiple abortions. (Or any at all, obviously) There seems to be a lot of backlash from those groups that think that

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Registered: 03-26-2008
Thu, 03-27-2008 - 11:27am
Oh, the society should teaching the men to wear the condom when have sex. If they don't, it means that they are nobody. The society should form a atmosphere of it. Then some women's lives will become much better....
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Registered: 02-04-2008
Thu, 03-27-2008 - 12:24pm
This is one of the things that I find horrific about abortion - those that use it not as a fail safe, or to fix a mistake that led to an unplanned pregnancy, or for only tragic circumstances - but instead use it as their normal mode of birth control.

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Registered: 10-17-2006
Thu, 03-27-2008 - 2:28pm

Just to clarify, re: the poster's comment about Whoopi, she did the first one herself at 14 and had the rest while she was under 18 and living on the street, on drugs.

 

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Registered: 04-03-2005
Thu, 03-27-2008 - 2:31pm
I thought there was more to it than was being presented. THANKS BEAUTIFUL! *WET, SLOPPY KISSES*

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iVillage Member
Registered: 10-17-2006
Thu, 03-27-2008 - 4:31pm

You are very welcome :)


 

iVillage Member
Registered: 02-04-2008
Thu, 03-27-2008 - 5:04pm
Hmmm, can afford multiple abortions and drugs - but not birth control.

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