bpas comment on the ONS statistical bulletin: conceptions in England and Wales 2013
Clare Murphy, Director of External Affairs at bpas, said:
“Despite popular perceptions about the prevalence of teenage pregnancy, the conception rate among under-18s has continued to fall, and is now at its lowest level since records began in 1969. More than half of conceptions to under-18s end in abortion, and it is extremely important that young women have swift access to the services and support they need to make the right decision for them when faced with an unintended pregnancy.
“Meanwhile the conception rate for older women has risen steadily, as women wait longer to start their families. There are many reasons for this, not least the time it takes to achieve financial stability and establish a career. Women are often warned about leaving it too late to start trying for a baby, but this really needs to be kept in perspective. Pregnancy and childbirth for older women can present particular challenges, but rather than pressuring women into having children earlier than they feel is right for them we need to ensure the maternity services are in place to deliver the care they need.”
Notes for Editors
The Full ONS statistics, Conceptions in England and Wales, 2013, can be accessed here
bpas is a charity which provides reproductive healthcare services including pregnancy counselling, abortion care, miscarriage management and contraception from more than 40 centres across the UK. It supports and advocates for reproductive choice. More information can be found at www.bpas.org