Family Planning gets it wrong – again – on reason for low abortion rates

Contraceptives, education hailed as heroes as abortion rates lowest in 25 years
Stuff co.nz 20 June 2017
Family First Comment: “Family Planning chief executive Jackie Edmond said a push to improve access to long-term contraceptives in recent years has PROBABLY helped to bring down rates.”
Probably?
Wrong
As Family First’s Marina Young so eloquently says in the article…
“the rate would continue to drop as knowledge of the prenatal development of the unborn child increased, especially with the help of technology. We can see 3-D ultrasounds and have smartphone apps that show the progress of baby from conception to birth.” She believed a combination of education, delaying sex and behaviour changes was resulting in lower teen pregnancy and abortion rates.”
Well said.

Teenagers are having fewer abortions than women in their 20s and 30s, with better access to contraceptives tipped as one of the reasons why.

The number of abortions performed in New Zealand in 2016 was the lowest in more than 25 years, according to Statistics New Zealand.

The abortion rate for women aged 20-24 years fell from a peak of 41 per 1000 women in 2003 to 21 per 1000 in 2016.

For women aged 15-19, the rate dropped from 26 per 1000 to nine.

Family Planning chief executive Jackie Edmond said a push to improve access to long-term contraceptives in recent years has probably helped to bring down rates.

Family First spokeswoman Marina Young believed the rate would continue to drop as knowledge of the prenatal development of the unborn child increased, especially with the help of technology.

“We can see 3-D ultrasounds and have smartphone apps that show the progress of baby from conception to birth.”

She believed a combination of education, delaying sex and behaviour changes was resulting in lower teen pregnancy and abortion rates.
READ MORE: http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/93863272/contraceptives-education-hailed-as-heroes-as-abortion-rates-lowest-in-25-years

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