FSRH welcomes the publication of the ONS’ quarterly statistics on conceptions for women aged under 18 in England and Wales (January to March 2016).
Overall, the data shows a continuous decline in under-18 conceptions in England and Wales. While a continuing decline is welcome, it is important to note that in some areas, such as parts of the North West of England, teenage pregnancies are rising, showing that gains are still vulnerable to reversals.
Much remains to be done if rates are to continue to fall to levels experienced in other comparable European countries. Cuts to Local Authorities’ budgets are putting contraceptive care at risk in some areas . It is crucial for young people to be able to access the full range of contraceptive methods and make informed and confident choices about their reproductive health, but there is increasing evidence that services for young people are being cut.
Read the press statement in full below.