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Organisations: NHS, Life league, ProLife Alliance
Locations: Edinburgh


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Morning-after pill fails to halt rising abortion rate

BY FREDDY GRAY WIDER PROVISION of the abortifacient morning-after pill for teenagers has failed to stop a dramatic rise in the number of later term abortions in Britain, according to the latest figures.

The number of official abortions is higher than ever, despite the fact that the number of women buying the drug — which is defined by the medical establishment as emergency contraception, rather than abortion — has doubled in the last year.

Prof Anna Glasier, director of the Lothian Primary Care NHS Trust in Edinburgh, admitted that the morning-after pill had failed to live up to its billing as the solution to rising abortion rates. "Despite the clear increase in the use of emergency contraception, abortion rates have not fallen in the UK," she said. Pro-life groups said they were not surprised. Julia Millington of the ProLife Alliance said the latest statistics "absolutely confirmed" her group's opposition to improved access to the morning-after pill.

"Obviously we are opposed to the morning-after pill anyway, it is abortifacient," she said. "But we are now increasingly concerned about the fact that teenagers are being exposed to more hormones and are more at risk from sexually transmitted diseases. Encouraging young people to the morning-after pill is extremely misguided." Jim Dowson of the Life league described the Government's policy of making the morning-after pill more readily available as "a disaster".

He said: "We said that this was going to happen. Pilot schemes in Lothian have shown similar results, but the Government ploughed on anyway."

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