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 Manning is a social entrepreneur, writer, campaigner and commentator. She is based in London and is the founder and Chief Executive of 2020health, an independent, social enterprise Think Tank whose aim is to Make Health Personal. Through networking, technology, research, relationships and campaigning 2020health has influenced opinion and action in fields as diverse as bioethics, alcohol, emerging technologies, fraud, education, consumer technology and vaccination. Julia studied visual science at City University and became a member of the College of Optometrists in 1991. Her career has included being a visiting lecturer at City University, a visiting clinician at the Royal Free Hospital, working with south London Primary Care Trusts and as a Director of the UK Institute of Optometry. She specialised in diabetes (University of Warwick Certificate in Diabetic Care) and founded Julia Manning Eyecare in 2004, a home and prison visiting practice for people with mental and physical disabilities using the latest digital technology, which she sold to Healthcall (now part of Specsavers) in 2009. Experiences of working in the NHS, contributing to policy development, raising two children in the inner-city and standing in the General Election in Bristol in 2005 led to Julia forming 2020health at the end of 2006. Julia is a regular guest on TV and radio shows such as BBC News, ITV’s Daybreak/ GMB, Channel 5 News, BBC 1′s The Big Questions, BBC Radio, LBC and has taken part in debates and contributed to BBC’s Newsnight, Panorama, You and Yours and ITV’s The Week. She is mum to a rugby-mad son, a daughter passionate about Shakespeare, and wife of a comprehensive school assistant head-teacher. She loves gardening, ballet, Zimbabwe, her Westies Skye and Angus, is an honorary research associate at UCL and a Fellow of the RSA.
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