ECP: less abortions, more STD’s and pregnancy

The exact day that TV3 News trumpeted a 7.5% decrease in abortions in the MidCentral DHB catchment, research was published in Science Daily revealing the asnwers to the questions which the reporter SHOULD have been asking i.e. what about the pregnancy rates, what about the STD rates?

Morning After Pill Linked to Increase in Sexually Transmitted Diseases, UK Study Shows
Offering the morning after pill free over the counter has not reduced the number of teenage pregnancies and may be associated with a rise in sexually-transmitted diseases (STIs), according to a report by experts at The University of Nottingham. Professors David Paton and Sourafel Girma used local health authority data to study the impact that the introduction of Government-backed schemes to offer emergency birth control at pharmacies and without prescription have had on conception rates and the diagnosis of STIs among under-18s. Their findings show that, on average, areas operating a pharmacy emergency birth control (EBC) scheme saw an overall increase of five percent in the rate of STIs among teenagers — 12 per cent in the under-16s age group. The study also found that EBC schemes may actually be associated with a small increase in the number of teens falling pregnant.

….The Nottingham researchers, who are economists in the Nottingham University Business School, aimed to test the assumption that providing emergency contraception for free to teenagers could lead to an increase in risky sexual behaviour, potentially leading to an increase of STIs as sexual partners substitute the morning after pill for condoms and cancelling out any benefits from an increase in the number or people using emergency contraceptives

In fact, 23 published studies from 10 countries, published between 1998 and 2006, show that easier access to EC fails to achieve any statistically significant reduction in rates of unintended pregnancy and abortion.
E. Raymond et al., “Population Effect of Increased Access to Emergency Contraceptive Pills,” Obstetrics & Gynecology 109 (2007): 181-8.

Here’s the real question – will 3News report this new research??


2 comments for “ECP: less abortions, more STD’s and pregnancy

  1. Paul McKenna
    8 February 2011 at 1:59 pm

    The MA pill procures an abortion. It is absurd to say that it has reduced abortions. The only thing it has reduced is our ability to count them.

  2. Bob
    8 February 2011 at 3:53 pm


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