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Press Release Cross-Party Group of MPs to Launch Unwanted Pregnancy Inquiry

Amber Rudd MP (Con), Sandra Osborne MP (Lab) and Lorely Burt MP (Lib Dem), are launching a cross party inquiry looking into the issue of Unwanted Pregnancy. The inquiry will be chaired by Amber Rudd and supported by the 2020health think tank, which campaigns to improve individual health and create the conditions for a healthy society.

The inquiry will look into ways of reducing the number of unwanted pregnancies, leading to a series of recommendations that will be presented to the Government. Evidence will be taken from a wide range of stakeholders in this area, including a number of key players such as BPAS and Marie Stopes – although no stakeholders have been officially contacted as yet.

The inquiry will be broadly divided into the following sections:

1.Unwanted Pregnancy in age groups over 20: Abortion rates in some age groups have markedly increased over the past few years. In the last three years the abortion rate for women aged 30-34 has increased by around 10 per cent. The inquiry will look at women over the age of 20 and investigate the issues leading to unwanted pregnancy in women accounted for in these age groups.

2.Teenage Pregnancy: Although the teenage pregnancy rate has declined over the past decade, the UK remains home to the highest teenage birth and abortion rates in Western Europe. This inquiry will seek to establish ways of continuing the downward trajectory of UK teenage pregnancy rates.

3.Contraception: It is vital that women have access to contraception that is suited to their lifestyles and needs. The inquiry will look into ways of increasing women’s access to a variety of contraceptive methods, particularly Long Acting Reversible Contraception.

Chairwoman of the Unwanted Pregnancy Inquiry, Amber Rudd, said:
“This is going to be an exciting and open minded inquiry into how to improve contraception and unwanted pregnancies for women. We are looking forward to a thorough investigation and delivering a number of recommendations to the Government.” 


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