NHS faces abortions 'crisis'

Britain could be facing an abortions crisis because NHS doctors are becoming frustrated by women who "can't be bothered to use contraception", experts have warned.

According to BPAS - formerly the British Pregnancy Advisory Service - many young doctors are unwilling to provide terminations because they believe women should prevent unwanted pregnancies by using contraception.

"Younger doctors can be judgemental," said BPAS chief executive Ann Furedi.

"They don't see why they should have to - as one put it to me - clear up the mess if women can't be bothered to use contraception."

At least 50 per cent of UK pregnancies are unplanned, according to figures from the National Statistics office, and around a fifth of conceptions are terminated despite over 70 per cent of women between the ages of 16 and 49 using contraception.

According to BBC News, one in five abortions is carried out by a private hospital, while the remainder are paid for by the NHS.

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