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Monthly archive: February 2010

24 February 2010

UK: New statistics show fall in teenage pregnancy rate

The number of teenage pregnancies in England and Wales has fallen by 4%, according to figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

24 February 2010

UK: Sex education controversy continues

Children's Secretary Ed Balls has denied that plans for compulsory sex education in England's schools have been watered down.

22 February 2010

Ireland: Attorney general speaks about X case

The attorney general who challenged a 14-year-old rape victim’s right to travel to England for an abortion in 1992 has said that he regrets the sadness caused, but insists he was only doing his duty, the Sunday Times reports.

17 February 2010

Clinical Update: Vacuum aspiration under local anaesthetic

In her Q&A column for Abortion Review, BPAS’ Medical Director Patricia Lohr examines developments and discussions in abortion provision.

16 February 2010

USA: Anti-abortion campaign targets black community

The UK Independent reports on a controversial poster campaign in Georgia.

15 February 2010

UK: Tory Party under fire for teen pregnancy statistics error

Pregnancy advice groups and child welfare organisations have criticised the Conservatives over their mistaken assertion that more than half of all girls in deprived areas fall pregnant before the age of 18.

15 February 2010

Too many people? No, too many Malthusians

Since 200 AD, scaremongers have been describing human beings as ‘burdensome to the world’. They were wrong then, and they’re still wrong today. Commentary by Brendan O'Neill.

15 February 2010

UK: New research on intimate violence makes headlines

A government advertising campaign is being launched to raise awareness of domestic violence in teenage relationships.

14 February 2010

Climate change - Calling planet birth

On 13 February, the UK Guardian published a lengthy article by Oliver Burkeman arguing that 'family size has become the great unmentionable of the campaign for more environmentally friendly lifestyles'.