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Teen abortions rising in Wales

3rd April 2009

Figures from the Welsh Assembly government show that the number of abortions carried out on girls aged under 18 in Wales is at a five-year high.

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In 2007, 1,043 teenage girls had an abortion compared to 906 in 2002.

The number of abortions carried out on all age groups in Wales also rose to 8,765 in 2007 from 7,396 abortions in 2002. This represents an increase of 18%.

The highest number of abortions - 2,641 - was carried out on women aged between 20 and 24 in 2007 while more than 2,400 of the women who had an abortion in 2007 had already had another abortion in a previous year.

Dr Andrew Dearden, chair of the British Medical Association’s Welsh Council, said: "I think it's very difficult to say what's behind a rise as there are multiple things that could be behind it. Often it is just trends in society.

"But I think education in schools is really important, along with an increased awareness of contraception."

Conservative health spokesman Andrew RT Davies said: "These are deeply worrying figures which suggest much more needs to be done to support sex education programmes in Wales, particularly among young people.

"Aside from the human implications, the rise in abortions over recent years has consequences for the NHS which the assembly government cannot afford to ignore."

The sexual health charity Brook, which offers advice to young people, said that access to clinics and contraception was important to help stop a further rise in the number of abortions.

 

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Article Information

Title: Teen abortions rising in Wales
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 10840
Date Added: 3rd Apr 2009

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