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Organisations: Cambridge University
Locations: Aberdeen


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Abortion continues to rise

The latest study on abortion shows how increasing demand is making adequate medical assessment impossible and many boyfriends do not now see pregnancy as anything to do with them.

As the number of referrals for abortion continues to rise, it is becoming increasingly difficult to make time for reports by psychiatric and social workers, 'Experience with Abortion, a case study of North East Scotland,' reports,

"The high proportion of boy friends who did not see the pregnancy as anything to do with them shows that the new freedoms are still attended by the old risks, despite the modern feeling for greater mutuality in sexual relations," the report, begun in 1966, states.

Parts of the report can be used to argue for abortion, one finding being that students who have an abortion do better academically than those who keep their child, no proper facilities being available for the latter. An argument that abortion makes for less children in care is backed by statistics for England and Wales.

However, statistics for Aberdeen, the area where the study was carried out and where abortion has been readily available for a long time, show the opposite. The County has the highest number of children in care in Scotland and the city the second highest for any city in Scotland.

The 370 page study concludes the research done is not suf.ficient to answer the study's initial questions about the psychological, psychiatric and sociological affects of abortion. Published by the Cambridge University Press last week, it costs £7.

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