Friday, 31 August 2007

Abortion; some good news for a change

This, from Zenit:

According to new statistics, the number of Irish women seeking abortions in Britain has fallen by almost 25% in the last six years.

The U.K. Department of Health released figures revealing the number of women allegedly giving Irish addresses in British abortion clinics had decreased by 540 between 2005 and 2006, the Irish Catholic reported.

The abortion rate, that is the number of abortions per 1,000 women between the ages of 15-44 in the population, is also down from 7.5% per 1,000 women in 2001 to 5.2% in 2006.

Ruth Cullen of the Pro-Life Campaign (PLC) said that the numbers indicate that "the tide is moving in the right direction and that a trend toward abortion is not inevitable."

She explained that "while any reduction in the abortion rate is go! od news, nonetheless the figures remain extremely high and leave no room for complacency."

Regarding claims that women are traveling elsewhere, John Smyth of the PLC said that "figures from the Netherlands clearly show that the number of foreign women seeking abortions there is in sharp decline," thus undermining "any claim that the fall in British figures means that women are traveling to the Netherlands or other European jurisdictions."


Ma Beck said...

I wonder if this might have something to do with wider availability of the "morning after pill", the abortion pill, herbal abortion potions available online, etc?

Call me a pessimist, but I'd wager that the rate of abortion is likely higher than in previous years, but now it's secretive.

It's just a theory, though.

White Stone Name Seeker said...

Good news.
I wonder what the root cause is and how we can build on it.

Anonymous said...

Good news re the Irish women...

Insuetus said...

Sorry, I forgot to give my correct name and address to the UK Dept of Health.. it is in fact Miss Nogi Ramotsenve, 11 McMahon Terrace, Tralee...