Record high abortion rates show the system is failing women

6/12/2020 8:01:00 PM

New figures released by the Department of Health point to huge problems with contraceptive services in England and Wales.

New figures show abortion rates at record highs, with terminations on the rise among women in their late 20s and 30s. What does this tell us about the quality of contraceptive services in England and Wales?

New figures released by the Department of Health point to huge problems with contraceptive services in England and Wales.

as a form of birth control is just that: a myth. In fact, there’s been a marked drop in the number of teenagers terminating pregnancies, with the rate among under-18s falling over the last 10 years to 8.1 abortions per 1,000 young women. Among under-16s, the rate stands at just 1.4 in 1,000.

Instead, abortions are on the rise among older millennial women. There has been an increase in abortion rates for women of all ages over 25, with the largest seen among those aged 30-34. The figures also show a rise in the rate of women aged over 35 terminating pregnancies, from 6.6 per 1,000 in 2009 to 9.7 in 2019. 

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In fact, there’s been a marked drop in the number of teenagers terminating pregnancies, with the rate among under-18s falling over the last 10 years to 8.1 abortions per 1,000 young women. It should have been hopeful; last week, New York reported its first day with no deaths from the virus since 11 March. Among under-16s, the rate stands at just 1. Competition is so fierce, says Madeline Wiebicke, a real estate broker in New City, an affluent hamlet some 20 miles from Manhattan, that city dwellers are snapping up suburban properties in bidding wars, often after just a video tour.4 in 1,000. There will be anatomies of how we changed during lockdown and whether any of the long-term predictions came to pass. Instead, abortions are on the rise among older millennial women.

There has been an increase in abortion rates for women of all ages over 25, with the largest seen among those aged 30-34. At the height of the virus, the sense of urgency ushered in an alternative reality that suspended the need to think much beyond the next day. Some employers have warned that social distancing measures could significantly reduce workspace, forcing a 60% reduction of daily headcount, while for many teleconferencing has proven a functional alternative to the daily commute. The figures also show a rise in the rate of women aged over 35 terminating pregnancies, from 6.6 per 1,000 in 2009 to 9. Everyone talks about the new normal, and here it was: anticipating a second wave, while trying to process what happened during the first.7 in 2019. People are saying “they just can’t handle the city right now.  You may also like Mental health diary: how it feels to be working as a Marie Stopes nurse during coronavirus There are many reasons why a woman might decide to end a pregnancy, and all of them are valid. I recently bought a book for my children based on the effusive recommendation of several friends, and found my tolerance for certain kinds of sentimentality shot through.

These include financial instability or the desire to limit the size of one’s family – two factors that may be intimately linked, especially since . But one major driver behind the rise in abortion rates appears to be the struggles many women face in accessing adequate contraceptive services in England and Wales. But not now. The rising demand for homes in the suburban areas comes against predictions that US economic growth will plummet this year, and that home prices nationwide will fall between 2-3%. Contraceptive services have been stripped back across England and Wales in the last 10 years “We really need to make sure our [contraceptive] services are catering well to older women,” Clare Murphy tells Stylist . Murphy is director of external affairs at the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (Bpas), a charity that sees almost 100,000 women a year at clinics across the UK for reproductive healthcare services including abortion care, miscarriage management and contraception. (To give an idea to those who haven’t read the book, at one point the boy discovers something better than cake and it is – of course – a hug. Teenage pregnancy rates are now at their lowest ever recorded levels , something Murphy attributes in part to “good accessible contraceptive services for younger women”. Lamont added that “phones are ringing off the hook at real estate agent offices”.

But she says that while reducing the rate of teenage pregnancies and abortions among young women has been prioritised, “the needs of older women have fallen a little bit by the wayside”. After three months of avoiding the doctor, I made an appointment on Monday to see a podiatrist and have a verruca burned off the ball of one foot. “There’s almost an attitude of: oh, when you hit 25 you obviously won’t be having sex anymore” Contraceptive services are often geared towards under-25s, Murphy explains. “There’s almost an attitude of: oh, when you hit 25 you obviously won’t be having sex anymore. I’m vain about my high pain tolerance, but when the doctor injected the underside of my foot, I swore so loudly and lengthily it felt like a release from all the weeks of pent-up emotion. Relaxing those costs by working remotely could mean more households choose those larger homes farther out, easing price pressure on urban and inner suburban areas,” said a Zillow economist, Skylar Olsen. It’s a very old-fashioned framework, because actually women are waiting longer to start their families but are still expecting to have sexual fulfilment.” The average age of first-time motherhood in England and Wales is now 28. When school finishes in two weeks, we’ll hardly register the difference.

9 , according to the Office for National Statistics. “Prior to this pandemic, the housing affordability crisis was already driving people from large cities to small. “That’s a very long period in which women are trying to control their fertility, and I don’t think their [contraceptive] needs are necessarily always being met throughout that time,” Murphy says. New York is suffering a huge budget deficit, thanks to the virus, and city pools won’t open this summer. There has been a significant drop in the number of teenage girls needing abortions in England and Wales (photo posed by models) As a woman in my late 20s, I have experienced first-hand the profound flaws in contraceptive services in England : pills discontinued without warning; long, anxiety-inducing afternoons spent trudging from pharmacy to pharmacy trying to track down the method of contraception I’d been prescribed. Women in their late 20s, 30s and 40s may have less time to spend on securing adequate contraception than their younger counterparts, says Murphy: “The older you get, the greater your caring responsibilities or work commitments may be, and the less time you have to be traipsing around or waiting for many hours to see someone at a walk-in centre. Now, for the lucky among us, this isn’t enough.” According to brokers, some of the homes that are now selling have sat on the market for years.” Last autumn, several major public health bodies called on Boris Johnson’s government to take action to tackle .