Are abortion rates rising among young people?

In the past 10 years the abortion rate has remained relatively stable in England and Wales[301]. For younger women the rate has declined slightly. In 2011 the abortion rate was highest for women aged 20, the same as in 2010 and in 2001. The under 16 abortion rate was 3.4 per 1,000 women and the under 18 rate was 15.0 per 1,000 women, both lower than in 2010 and 2001[302]. The proportion of abortions taking place early in pregnancy has increased significantly over the last ten years because there have been significant improvements in access to abortion. Recent research however has suggested that ‘abortion negativity’ may make it difficult for pregnant teenagers to have an abortion, even when they are certain that they do not want to become mothers[303]. In some minority ethnic communities abortion may be seen as preferable to unmarried motherhood[304]. Teenagers from socially deprived backgrounds are more likely to become pregnant and less likely to terminate pregnancies than those who are more privileged[305].

Is pornography dangerous for young people?

301. Department of Health (2012). Abortion Statistics, England and Wales: 2011, https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/213386/Commentary1.pdf
302. Public Health England Sexual Health Profiles and Index, http://www.hpa.org.uk/sexualhealthprofiles
303. Hoggart, L. (2012). ‘I’m pregnant… what am I going to do?’: An examination of value judgements and moral frameworks in teenage pregnancy decision making. Health, Risk & Society, 14(6), 533-549.
304. French, R. S., Joyce, L., Fenton, K., Kingori, P., Griffiths, C., Stone, V. & Stephenson, J. (2005). Exploring the attitudes and behaviours of Bangladeshi, Indian and Jamaican young people in relation to reproductive and sexual health. A report for the Teenage Pregnancy Unit. London: Centre for Sexually Transmitted Infections/Health Protection Agency; Higginbottom, G.M.A., Serrant-Green, L., Mathers, N., Marsh, P., Kirkham, M. & Owen, J. (2008). ‘I didn’t do it cause I wanted a baby’: sexual decision making, roles and choices in relation to early parenthood amongst black and minority ethnic young parents in England. Diversity in Health and Social Care, 5(2), 89-99; Higginbottom, G. M. A., Mathers, N., Marsh, P., Kirkham, M., Owen, J. M. & Serrant-Green, L. (2006). Young people of minority ethnic origin in England and early parenthood: views from young parents and service providers. Social science & medicine, 63(4), 858-870.
305. Smith, T. (1993). Influence of socioeconomic factors on attaining targets for reducing teenage pregnancies. British Medical Journal, 306(6887), 1232-1235; Lee, E., Clements, S., Ingham, R. & Stone, N. (2004). A matter of choice? Explaining national variation in teenage abortion and motherhood. York: University of Southampton/Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

Is pornography dangerous for young people?

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