Let’s just remind ourselves that the Uk has the highest teenage birth and abortion rates in Western Europe.To give you an idea of the proportions of the issue, take a look at these numbers. The following statistics have been provided by FPA a Uk charity specialised in sexual health.
l The under 18 conception rate for 2011 is the lowest since 1969 at 30.9 conceptions per thousand women aged 15–17.
l The estimated number of conceptions to women aged under 18 also fell to 31,051 in 2011 compared with 34,633 in2010, a decrease of 10%.
l The estimated number of conceptions to girls aged under 16 was 5,991 in 2011, compared with 6,674 in 2010 (a fall of 10%).
You could well speculate that the statistically large decline in numbers in recent years could well have resulted from the maturing stages of the Labour Government’s 10 year Teenage Pregnancy Strategy, and other initiatives which were beginning to make a real difference.
It is also worth noting that in some local authorities, particularly those that have been identified in providing restrictions to contraception, where GPs are know to be reluctant to provide a full range of sexual health services due to their own moral views on sex and contraception, or where PSHE and Sex and Relationship Education has been traditionally poor, or schools have been reluctant to implement PSHE or SRE properly, the teenage pregnancy rate has been correspondingly poor.