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[05 JUL 99] COVENTRY HEALTH AUTHORITY PRESS RELEASE
Coventry Health Authority Drive To Cut Unwanted Pregnancies

A campaign to raise awareness about emergency contraception is being launched in Coventry today to tackle teenage pregnancies and abortions. Coventry Health Authority have produced an Information Card which gives details about how to obtain emergency contraception and will be involved in distributing these cards to young people.

Figures for Coventry from 1997 show that in the 16-19 age group, there were 635 conceptions of which 290 ended in abortion. The conception rate for under 16s is 10.2 per 1,000 girls compared with a national average of 8.8.

Phil Deakin, Senior Health Promotion Specialist says:

"There are concerns about the levels of unintentional pregnancies, especially among teenagers, and about the level of abortions. This is a means of tackling these issues. The use of contraception for prevention of pregnancy is our first aim, but when this has not been the case, emergency contraception plays an important role."

The cards are the size of a credit card for keeping in a purse or wallet. The cards will be distributed through youth, health and family planning services and schools and colleges.

MORE INFORMATION:
Phil Deakin, Senior Health Promotion Specialist 01203 633066

  

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