The 2011 conception statistics, like those from previous years, confirm that teenagers form a very small proportion of the women needing access to contraception and abortion services. Policy makers would do well to widen their focus from teenagers, and invest in the struggling contraceptive services that all women need.
Furthermore, teenage pregnancy is a complex issue and we must be careful when trying to understand decisions made by individual young women by looking at national data. Young women and girls experiencing unplanned pregnancy, just as with adult women, must be supported to access services that enable them to explore their options so that they can make the choice that is right for them at that point in their lives.
Conception Statistics, England and Wales, 2011 can be read here.