Drop in abortion rate does not tell full story

NEWLY released figures—that show abortions have fallen in Scotland for the first time in six years—are to be celebrated, but they do not tell the full story.

“The fact there has been a small drop in numbers belies the reality that abortion is still commonplace, especially among young people,” Peter Kearney, director of the Scottish Catholic Media Office, said. “This indicates the complete failure of successive sexual health strategies.”

More than one-quarter of women having an abortion in Scotland have had a previous termination, according to figures released by ISD Scotland—the official publisher of statistics.

Coming in the week where the first television advert for abortion was broadcast on British television, the figures make for grim reading.

Last year 13,005 abortions were performed compared to 13,817 in 2008. The number had been rising each year since 2002.

Geographically, Tayside tops the league for rates of abortion at 15.9 per 1,000 but abortion rates in the most deprived parts of Scotland was 16.5 per 1,000 among women aged 15 to 44, almost double the rate of 8.8 per 1000 in the most affluent areas.

The number of abortions carried out in the Lothians fell from by 200 to almost 2,500 but one schoolgirl every week is still undergoing a termination, according to Edinburgh Evening News.

On a more positive note, pro-life campaigners continue to fight the good fight. Sr Andrea Fraille of the Sisters of the Gospel of Life is travelling to London today to speak on crisis preganancy counselling at the Linacre Ethics Forum.

These meetings are a chance for junior healthcare professionals and students to explore and discuss Catholic healthcare ethics. They are designed to help them reach a deeper understanding of the Church’s teaching, and explore ways in which it can be sympathetically presented to patients, colleagues and managers.

The meeting starts at 6.30pm (for 7pm) and will take place in Vaughan House, Francis Street, SW1P 1QN (behind Westminster Cathedral, near Victoria tube station).

More on information Linacre Ethics Forum is available here.

For more on abortion statistics visit

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/health/shrinking-jobs-market-may-be-key-to-sudden-drop-in-abortions-1.1030433 http://news.scotsman.com/health/One-schoolgirl-every-week-has.6319959.jp

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