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There is no evidence to support the assertion that women are careless about using contraception because abortion is available. Unplanned pregnancy is a distressing situation for any woman and choosing to have an abortion can be a difficult decision. The use of contraception is continuously rising but no method is 100 per cent effective. People’s... Read More
Currently in England and Wales about 180,000 abortions are carried out a year. About 10,000 of these are for women coming from other parts of the world where abortion is not legal or is difficult to obtain – particularly particularly Ireland. About 10,000 are carried out in Scotland. The abortion statistics are collected on behalf... Read More
No. Legal rights are granted at birth, when the mother and the baby are clearly separated and protecting the rights of the baby would not limit the rights of the woman.
No, but all patients must give their informed consent. Doctors are likely to encourage young people to involve their parents but the young person does not have to if the doctor believes they fully understand the implications of their decision. Doctors must keep information about patients, including under-16s, confidential, unless disclosure is to protect the... Read More
No. In a few cases men have taken their partner to court to try to prevent her having an abortion. All their cases have failed. Judges have stressed that a man does not have the right either to stop his partner having an abortion or force her to have one.
Although abortion is legal there is no law which requires the NHS to provide abortions. Where sufficient NHS services are not available many women can only get abortions if they pay for them. The Department of Health encourages Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) and the relevant medical authorities to improve both the speed and quality of... Read More
Women in Britain do not have a right to abortion on request. However, most people believe that they can get an abortion just by asking for one. Even if a woman has been raped she is not automatically entitled to an abortion. She has to convince two doctors that continuing with the pregnancy would have... Read More
One in five of all pregnancies ends in abortion.
76 per cent of the UK population are pro-choice