British Abortion Business Says Christmas Drinking Yields More Abortions

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Feb 7, 2007   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
February 7
, 2007

London, England ( — The largest abortion business in England says it did more abortions in January than it has in any past year and it blames Christmas drinking for the problem. Marie Stopes International says the drinking leads to more incidents of unprotected sex and, therefore, a higher pregnancy and abortion rate.

MSI says it did 5,992 abortions at its nine abortion facilities in January, which is the highest figure in 32 years and a rise of 13 percent compared with January 2005.

"It’s too soon to say whether the figures we have recorded will be reflected across the country in official national statistics to be published later this year," MSI director of British operations Liz Davies told the Evening Standard.

"It does seem, however, that we may be seeing the consequences of the festive season, when partying excess and alcohol consumption combine to increase libido and lower inhibition, with the inevitable consequences of unprotected sex resulting in unplanned pregnancies," she explained.

Though MSI maintains Christmas drinking resulted in the larger number of abortions, most women who have abortions don’t do so until after four weeks into the pregnancy. In the United States, just 37 percent of abortion businesses do abortions at four weeks into pregnancy while 97 percent do abortions after eight weeks.

The abortion business says it urged women to obtain the morning after pill and condoms during the Christmas season to avoid unintended pregnancies and sold a special purse stocked with them.

"Despite our efforts we have still seen the biggest rise ever in abortion figures in the month after Christmas," she admitted.

However, the use of contraception won’t likely reduce the number of abortions as figures from Scotland show that a decision to sell the morning after pill over the counter resulted in an increase in the number of abortions.

And in the United States, 54 percent of women having abortions used a contraceptive method during the month they became pregnant.

MSI did 61,983 abortions at its UK abortion businesses during 2006.