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From Scotland:

REPEATED sexual health campaigns have been credited with a huge drop in the number of abortions across the Lothians last year.

Terminations hit their lowest for almost 20 years in the area, with rates falling in all age groups, especially among teenagers.

Health chiefs said endless messages about contraception were finally sinking in, but stressed improvements still had to be made.


One of the main reasons for the fall, experts said, was the growing use of long-term protection like the coil and contraceptive implant.

Dr Alison McCallum, director of public health and health policy for NHS Lothian, said: “Our priority has been to look at the provision of long acting reversible contraception (LARC) and encourage uptake of this by particular groups, including those who have had an abortion.

“One of the main aims of our new sexual health & HIV strategy is to further reduce the number of unplanned pregnancies through increasing the use of contraception in high risk groups, particularly LARC.

“We also aim to support people to make informed choices about sex and the use of contraceptives and ensure they are confident about the decisions they make.”


Deprivation remains a huge influence on how likely someone is to have a termination in Edinburgh. Someone from the poorest part of the Capital is twice as likely to request the procedure as their counterpart from the wealthiest.

Put briefly, comprehensive sex education and access to contraception reduce the abortion rate.

In other news, water is wet.


Comments on: "Not like you needed even more evidence" (4)

  1. But what about an iron fist? Doesn’t that stop both abortions AND sex? The Republicans think so.

  2. An anthropologst, George Devereux, examined a sample of 350 pre-industrial societies and found that abortion was “an absolutely universal phenomenon”. In In other words, an women have abortions regardless of what society thinks about it. (Population pressure and patrilineality are common predictors of societal attitudes towards abortion). As for an outright ban, there is no reason to think it would have no effect. Anyone who claims it will be superbly effective and eliminate (almost) all abortions is, however, full of shit.

    As for human sexuality, it it has never been controlled to the extent any authority has demanded. What laws against (say) premarital sex result in is selective enforcement against already unpopular groups. It is used to harass those groups. In addition, societal attitudes and nominally existing laws regarding sexual behabiour are supremely ineffective. 95% of Americans have premarital sex, despite fundies’, wingnuts’, and socons’ obsession with (female) abstinence.

    And consider Romania under Ceaușescu. Ceaușescu banned abortions, instituted mandatory pregnancy tests each month for women , banned sex-ed and birth control, and instituted a celibacy tax for women with fewer than four children. The end result was thousands of women being killed or maimed in unsafe abortions. The average family size was between 2 and 3 children per woman. In other words, Ceaușescu’s attempt to institute a nationwide stork derby was ineffective. And remember, Romania was a totalitarian communist dictatorship at the time.

    To conclude, even an iron fist wouldn’t work.

  3. I was being sarcastic.

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