19 June 2008

Rise in Under-age Abortions in England and Wales

The British press today reports on the rise in abortions among under-age girls in England and Wales. I've taken this report from The Daily Telegraph.

Record numbers of abortions in under-age girls.
By Rebecca Smith, Medical Editor

The number of under age girls having abortions has risen by 10 per cent in one year, official figures have revealed. In total there were 205,600 abortions carried out in England and Wales in 2007 a 2.2 per cent rise on the previous year.

Of those 4,376 were carried out on girls too young to legally have sex.
Women aged 19 were the most likely to have an abortion in 2007 with 36 procedures carried out for every 1,000 19-year-olds.

Full story.

The report includes the following

'Health Minister Dawn Primarolo said: "Our priority is to reduce the time women have to wait for an abortion at what is already a very difficult time for them. These statistics show that we have made considerable progress in this, with over two-thirds of women having their abortion at under ten weeks in 2007, up from half in 2002.'

Clearly, Minister Primarolo had different science teachers from those who taught the members of the Ecuadorian Federation of Societies of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FESGO).(See previous post).

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