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Latest figures show appalling number of repeat abortions in England and Wales

by | May 25, 2012

By Dave Andrusko

Responding to a freedom of information request filed by the Press Association, the British National Health Services released figures this week for 2010 that revealed that three teenagers had undergone “at least” their seventh abortion while another two teenagers had their seventh abortion. The NHS also reported that four more teenage girls underwent their sixth abortion.

Also in 2010 (the last year for which data was available) 14 teenage girls had their fifth abortion, 57 others underwent their fourth abortion, while 485 women under the age of 19 had their third abortion, according to the NHS.

Over all, the NHS reported that in 2010, 38,269 teenagers aborted. More than 5,300 of these girls were having at least their second abortion. Repeat abortions were even more common among older women.

Roughly a third of all abortions were on women who’d already had at least one abortion. “Out of the 189,574 abortions carried out in 2010 for women of all ages, more than 64,300 terminations were for women who had already had the operation in the past,” the Telegraph newspaper reported. “Some 85 of those women had undergone at least seven previous terminations, including 30 women who were aged under 30. “

Rebecca Mallinson, of the Pro Life Alliance, told the Telegraph, ”There is something seriously wrong with a country where teenagers are having even one abortion, let alone repeat abortions to this extent.” She added, “We are failing these young people in an appalling way.”

The abortion figures for 2011 will be published next week.

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