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“2020health is an important and thoughtful contributor to the health debate”

Dr Sarah Wollaston MP, Chairman, Health Select Committee

 
 

2020health Report The Morning After: A Cross Party Inquiry into Unplanned Pregnancy

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Unplanned pregnancy is an issue that affects the lives of women of all ages from early teens to those in their forties, crossing every socio-economic group while adversely impacting society as a whole. It is estimated that there are 8.7 million women of reproductive age living in England today (AGC 2012) and so the issue of unplanned pregnancy is something that demands our careful consideration and attention.

Given the cost to society and the impact on women, the committee believes that an integrated, cross departmental strategy to tackle unplanned pregnancies is currently lacking. The rising abortion rates in some age groups and high teenage pregnancy rates suggest that there are still some underlying issues that need to be addressed.

By holding this cross-party inquiry the committee wanted to first understand why there has been an increase in terminations despite the good work established by the Government’s Teen Pregnancy Strategy. Secondly, the committee wanted to know what more needs to be done to reduce the number of unplanned pregnancies.

Impact:

• Coverage of the report was high profile and included spots on Newsnight and Women’s Hour
• Deliberations brought MPs together to agree on a common position on SRE
• Ongoing reference document in policy and press discussions on the need for updating PHSE and SRE education in schools.

 

“I was delighted to work with 2020health who provided great expertise and support for the cross party inquiry”

 

Amber Rudd MP

Press Release The Morning After: A cross Party Inquiry into Unplanned Pregnancy

Over half of unplanned pregnancies happen because people are not using sufficient contraception, a survey by a Cross-Party Parliamentary Inquiry shows. read on The Morning After: A cross Party Inquiry into Unplanned Pregnancy

The Morning After: A Cross Party Inquiry into Unplanned Pregnancy (PDF, 1633 KB)

The Morning After: A Cross Party Inquiry into Unplanned Pregnancy

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Unplanned Pregnancy - Online Survey Results (PDF, 292 KB)

As part of the Cross Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Unplanned Pregnancy an online survey was run from 25th September to 2nd November 2012. It was promoted on the 2020health website as well as tweeted by 2020health, MPs who were involved in the inquiry, Mumsnet, other organisations who were interviewed as part of the research process and other interested
parties. It consisted of 22 multiple choice questions. 345 people took part in the survey with the largest number of participants falling within the 25-34 age bracket.