NewsMon Mar 4, 2002 - 12:15 pm EST
STUDY FINDS PUSHING CONTRACEPTION FOR TEENS “INCREASES PREGNANCIES AND ABORTIONS”
LONDON, March 4, 2002 (LSN.ca) - A study released in the current Journal of Health Economics has found that following the government’s plan to cut teenage pregnancy by ‘improving access to contraception’ actually increases pregnancies and abortions. The 14-year study conducted in 16 areas found the more girls aged 13-15 visited contraception-pushing ‘family planning clinics’, the higher was the conception rate.
Dr David Paton of Nottingham University Business School, who led the study said “Although family planning may make sexually active teenagers less likely to get pregnant, it seems that it also encourages others to start having sex. Some of these will get pregnant through contraceptive failure and, if anything, the overall effect of expanding family planning services for under-16s has been to increase pregnancies and abortions.”
See the abstract in the Journal of Health Economics or purchase the full text: http://www.elsevier.com/homepage/sae/econbase/jhe/
See the coverage in the London Telegraph: http://news.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2002/03/04/npreg04.xml&sSheet=/news/2002/03/04/ixhome.html&secureRefresh=true&_requestid=152042