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bpas comment on Chief Medical Officer's report, Women's Health: The Health of 51%

Clare Murphy, Director of External Affairs at the British Pregnancy Advisory Service, said;

"We welcome the Chief Medical Officer’s focus on addressing the contraceptive needs of all women, at all stages of their reproductive lives. The average age of motherhood currently stands at a record high, and women are spending more of their fertile years trying to avoid pregnancy. Yet evidence suggests contraception access in some locations is restricted to those under-25, particularly when it comes to the provision of emergency contraception. We are concerned that barriers to accessing the full range of contraceptive methods may be a factor in rising abortion rates among older age groups.

"Women don’t stop having sex at the age of 30, and, counter to the popular narrative, fertility does not fall off a cliff at 35. Services need to be able to provide for the reproductive needs of women of all ages – not just those in their teens and early twenties."

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About bpas

bpas is a charity which sees more than 70,000 women a year and provides reproductive healthcare services including pregnancy counselling, abortion care, miscarriage management and contraception, at clinics across the UK. It supports and advocates for reproductive choice. More information can be found at bpas.org.