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Rise in abortions reflects poor links between contraception and abortion services, say campaigners

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 25 May 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d3320
  1. Jo Carlowe
  1. 1London

The number of abortions in England and Wales is far higher than a decade ago—despite improved contraception uptake.

Figures released by the Department of Health, show that 189 574 abortions took place in 2010—0.3% more than in 2009 and 8% more than in 2000 (175 542).

The rise has alarmed sexual health experts who point out that contraception rates had been improving. They are now calling for the government to shake up reproductive health services.

Responding to the figures, Paula Franklin, director of clinical development at Marie Stopes International said: “With improvements in contraception rates last year, these figures come as a particular surprise . . . Although …

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