Is Herald backing pro-life campaign?

In the Herald yesterday:

The number of abortions carried out in Scotland reached the second highest on record last year – with the number of pregnancies ended by women in their 40s increasing to a new high. Official figures showed there were 13,583 terminations carried out in 2019 – the highest total since 2008.

On the same day, the Scottish Government reported:

Teenage pregnancies in Scotland are at the lowest level since 1994, according to the latest statistics. In 2018, there were 29.6 teenage pregnancies per 1,000 women, down from 30.2 in 2017 and 54.7 in 1994. The gap in teenage pregnancy rates between the most and least deprived areas has also reduced, with the rate for those living in the most deprived areas decreasing from 87.4 per 1,000 women in 2009 to 56.8 in 2018 and the rate for those in the least deprived areas dropping from 21.9 to 12.2 respectively.

I’m sure you see the connection but that the Herald should choose one story over the other is surely revealing. Good news is no news? Good news about Scotland is bad news for the editorial agenda?

BBC Scotland covered it but missed the huge improvement in deprived areas.

4 thoughts on “Is Herald backing pro-life campaign?

  1. Highest level since 2008? Could it possibly be related to the pandemic and the projected jobs and financial crisis?

    Maybe people don’t want to bring a child into the world if they are not sure if they will have a roof over their head in the next few months?


    1. Brenda the latest figures quoted for overall abortions was 2019. The figures for the breakdown between most and least deprived areas were for 2018.


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