Abortions up in England, Wales in 2006

Jun 19, 2007

The number of women having abortions in England and Wales was up almost 4 percent in 2006 from the previous year, the Health Department said Tuesday.

A total of 193,700 abortions were performed during the year, an increase of 3.9 percent, The Guardian reported.

England and Wales have one of the highest rates of abortion among teenagers. In 2006, there were 3.9 abortions for every 1,000 girls under 16, and 18.2 for every 1,000 under 18. The rate was highest among 19-year-olds, with 35 for every 1,000 young women.

Health Minister Caroline Flint said that the percentage of abortions performed early in pregnancy is up with almost two-thirds done before 10 weeks and few performed after 13 weeks. But she told The Guardian the National Health Service needs to do more to ensure access to contraception, preventing unwanted pregnancies.

An anti-abortion rights group, the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children, said that the government's push for early abortions is putting pressure on young women.

Copyright 2007 by United Press International

Explore further: New research demonstrates benefits of national and international device registries

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Recommended for you

New approach to particle therapy dosimetry

Dec 19, 2014

Researchers at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL), in collaboration with EMRP partners, are working towards a universal approach to particle beam therapy dosimetry.

Supplement maker admits lying about ingredients

Dec 17, 2014

Federal prosecutors say the owner and president of a dietary supplement company has admitted his role in the sale of diluted and adulterated dietary ingredients and supplements sold by his company.

User comments : 0

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.