Cuts threaten to undermine progress in reducing teenage pregnancies, charities claim

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 24 February 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d1264
  1. Matthew Billingsley
  1. 1BMJ

New figures showing teenage pregnancies have fallen to a 30 year low could be short lived owing to cuts in sexual health services across England and Wales, campaigners are warning.

The rate of teenage pregnancies in 2009 fell by 5.9% compared with the previous year, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics. Overall, girls aged 15-17 years accounted for 34 328 (3.83%) of the total number of 896 300 pregnancies in 2009. This represents a drop in conceptions from 40.7 per 1000 in 2008 to 38.3 per 1000 in 2009.

Julie Bentley, chief executive of the Family Planning Association, welcomed the progress, saying that it was “down to a dedicated strategy …

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