Tory MP Jackie Doyle-Price, the elaborately-titled Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Mental Health, Inequalities and Suicide Prevention at the Department of Health, has said dating apps like Tinder are causing an increase in unplanned pregnancies for women in their thirties.
Doyle-Price said apps like Tinder mean women "start playing the field" earlier after breakups, and apparently this confuses our lady-brains so we forget to sort out contraception, or something.
The MP for Thurrock was commenting on new figures showing legal abortions for women over 30 have gone up by about 20 per cent over the last decade, while teenage abortions have plummeted.
While it seems an easy leap to blame this on Tinder, changes in health behaviour like this are often down to much more complex societal factors, and Doyle-Price didn't appear to have any actual studies backing up her assertion that dating apps were the cause. Also, young people use Tinder too.
According to the Telegraph, she told the All Party Parliamentary Group on women’s health:
"We’re laughing and talk about the Tinder generation now, but what tends to happen is you have women leaving one relationship and then playing the field again, entering the market again.
That’s actually when unplanned pregnancy tends to happen.
There’s an education point there which is please continue to look after your fertility."
It doesn't seem terribly plausible to us that women just suddenly forget how to use contraception in their thirties because they're going on Tinder dates, but then we're not MPs for health.
Doyle-Price went on to say that women have a harder time getting proper care from doctors, especially for female-specific issues, and encouraged them to advocate harder for themselves when dealing with healthcare professionals.
"We [...] seek medical help and come away feeling diminished and disempowered.
Our bodies are not inconvenience to be managed and health service does need to be more responsive to our need. We as women need to be a lot more pushy and empowered when we deal with [doctors]."
That much we can agree with.