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Repeat abortions on the rise

30th May 2012

The Department of Health has released statistics which show that the number of women in England and Wales having repeat abortions is on the increase.

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The data showed 64,303 women had an abortion in 2010, but this figure increased to 68,105 in 2011.

Two women under the age of 16 had their third abortion last year and 82 had their second. The total number of abortions also increased by 0.2% to 189,931.

The data showed around a third (34%) of women had had an abortion before and 76 women had been through seven abortions or more. 

The figures show an increase from 31% in 2001, 32% in 2005 and 34% in 2010.

Tracey McNeill, from the family planning organisation, Marie Stopes International, said: "We, of course, recognise that many women have multiple unwanted or unplanned pregnancies for reasons beyond their control, and it goes without saying that we believe women should have the same access to non-judgemental high quality care whether it is their first abortion or their third."

"We believe we need to radically change the way we provide post-abortion contraception to women, if we're going to reduce the number of abortions by any great number."

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