Public Call for written evidence from Cross-Party Unwanted Pregnancy Inquiry

This cross-party inquiry wants to understand the underlying factors behind unwanted pregnancies in the UK, with the intention of making a series of recommendations to the Government to reduce the level of unwanted pregnancies.

This inquiry invites submissions on the following points and related issues (please provide evidence to support your points where possible). Submissions need not cover all the points listed below. Answers can relate to a particular age group of women.

1. What is your view on the issue of unwanted pregnancy in the UK?

2. The evidence is that there are rising abortion rates in some age groups, rising repeat abortions, and high teenage pregnancy rates. What (if any) role is there for the Governemnt in handling the issues?

3. What lessons can be learnt from previous attempts to tackle unwanted pregnancies?

4. Are there any measures the Government should be implementing to reduce unwanted pregnancies?

When you submit evidence to the inquiry, you must put your name, profession and full postal address at the top of your submission. Written submissions should be provided to the inquiry as a Microsoft word document and sent by email to Please put “Written evidence for Unwanted Pregnancy Inquiry” in the subject heading.


To read the full brief on this inquiry please click here.

About Julia Manning

Julia is a social pioneer, writer and campaigner. She studied visual science at City University and became a member of the College of Optometrists in 1991, later specialising in visual impairment and diabetes. During her career in optometry, she lectured at City University, was a visiting clinician at the Royal Free Hospital and worked with Primary Care Trusts. She ran a domiciliary practice across south London and was a Director of the UK Institute of Optometry. Julia formed 20/20Health in 2006. Becoming an expert in digital health solutions, she led on the NHS–USA Veterans’ Health Digital Health Exchange Programme and was co-founder of the Health Tech and You Awards with Axa PPP and the Design Museum. Her research interests are now in harnessing digital to improve personal health, and she is a PhD candidate in Human Computer Interaction (HCI) at UCL. She is also dedicated to creating a sustainable Whole School Wellbeing Community model for schools that builds relationships, discovers assets and develops life skills. She is a member of the Royal Society of Medicine’s Digital Health Council. Julia has shared 2020health's research widely in the media (BBC News, ITV, Channel 5 News, BBC 1′s The Big Questions & Victoria Derbyshire, BBC Radio 4 Today, PM and Woman's Hour, LBC) and has taken part in debates and contributed to BBC’s Newsnight, Panorama, You and Yours and ITV’s The Week.
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