July 24, 2014 Leave a comment
Conceptions at under 16 (Conception rate per 1,000 women)
|England and Wales||5.6||6.1||6.8||7.2|
|Central Bedfordshire UA||4.2||6.7||6.5||6.5|
The data is the table above was extracted from the Conception Statistics for England and Wales, 2012. This is the most current information available.
The Office for National Statistics produces all sorts of fascinating data. These are open to all sorts of interpretations, but they are facts. This data, for instance, about under-age conception rates could generate all sorts of arguments over causes and solutions, but the numbers themselves are undeniable.
My interest is in how my home town compares, and again it compares unfavourably with regional and national averages. However it is a large town in the region that does not have many large towns (Southend-on-Sea is second largest behind Luton), and you would imagine that this sort of data would show urban areas with higher numbers than rural ones.
I am not prepared to be at all judgemental regarding young pregnancies, but I do want to ensure that sex education, advice, and contraceptives are freely available to all, and that the incidence of young conception is not linked to abuse, poverty, or ignorance.