Public Health England's latest report, "What do women say? Reproductive health is a public health issue", has found that many women feel their reproductive choices are judged or stigmatised.
A bpas spokesperson said:
"It is disappointing that in 2018 women's personal choices around when or if to start a family are still being judged.
"Women do not make these decisions within a vacuum, but in the context of their own lives. Many of the factors which shape or constrain women's choices can be outside of their control, such as the rising cost of childcare and the time it takes to secure a family home. As this report acknowledges, women often feel pressured to start a family before they are ready, and at bpas we are concerned that current drives to "educate" young women about their fertility, while well intentioned, risk adding to this if not delivered in a measured way.
"Stigma prevents women accessing support when needed, and therefore has significant implications for their health and wellbeing. From which method of contraception they use to when they have a baby, we must trust and empower women to make these decisions for themselves."
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Notes to Editors:
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.