Abortions Fall in Scotland

Scotland saw a record number of abortions last year, with new figures showing a continuing rise since the 1967 act made it legal.

Recently, it has been reported that the number of women having abortions in Scotland has fallen for the first time in seven years. There were 13,005 terminations carried out last year, more than 6.2 per cent than the 2008 figure, and the lowest number since 2005.

The reports showed that the decrease rate was more among the under-20 and 20-24 age groups, while abortions rose among women aged between 30 and 34.

Public health minister Shona Robison said, "It is encouraging to see a decrease in the number of abortions carried out in Scotland for the first time in six years”.

There abortion rate is falling more among women living in the most deprived parts of Scotland, but those areas still have more than twice as many taking place as in the most affluent parts of the country – 3,718 compared with
1,759.

But still, young women in deprived areas are twice as likely to have an abortion as those from more affluent areas.

Education plays a key role in reducing unintended pregnancies and there is a need to work with parents, schools and NHS Scotland to provide additional support and information around relationships and sexual health.

Moreover, sexual education should focus more on young people. Young women should know that abortion is not an alternative to contraception.

The first television advert for abortion services which was screened on Monday by Marie Stopes International was designed to promote debate, but critics argued that it broke advertising rules by "selling abortion" as if it were a consumer product.