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Teenage abortions hit all-time high (England and Wales)
The Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | June 19, 2007 | Caroline Davies

Posted on 06/19/2007 10:36:08 AM PDT by Stoat

Teenage abortions hit all-time high


By Caroline Davies
 
Last Updated: 5:37pm BST 19/06/2007
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    More teenagers are having abortions than ever before, fuelling a significant rise in the number of terminations in England and Wales.

     
    The abortion rate is continuing to rise with the biggest increase among under-18s.
    The total number of abortions was 193,700 in 2006

     

    Despite huge Government spending on contraception education, 19-year-olds are now the most likely of any age group to have an abortion, with 35 in every 1,000 undergoing the procedure, according to official Department of Health figures.

    Previously the highest rate was among women aged 20-24 years.

    The number of girls aged under 16 and under 18 having abortions also increased last year, increasing concern that the procedure is now being seen as a form of contraception.

    The rise in the abortion rate comes just one week after a hard-hitting report - Sex, Drugs, Alcohol and Young People - from a Government-funded advisory group, warned British teenagers were in the grip of a sexual health crisis, fuelled by a "celebrity culture" that condoned alcohol abuse, drug addiction and promiscuity.

    In total there were 193,737 abortions among women and girls in England and Wales last year - an increase of 3.9 per cent on the total for 2005. The rise between 2005 and 2004 was just 0.4 per cent.

    The figures also show that almost one third - 32 per cent - of women who had an abortion had already had at least one previous termination.

    This percentage remained unchanged from 2005 despite the Government earmarking £40 million for contraception education and led to widespread condemnation today that their sexual health initiatives are failing badly.

    Caroline Flint, the health minister, admitted: "The NHS needs to work harder to reduce the demand for abortions by improving access to contraception."

    The good news was that more abortions were taking place at an early stage - almost two-thirds (68 per cent) under 10 weeks gestation, she said.

    A recent investigation by Unicef revealed that more British children are having sex by the age of 15 than in most other European countries.

    Today's figures show that the under-16 abortion rate was 3.9 per 1,000 girls (up from 3.7 in 2005) and the under-18 rate was 18.3 per 1,000 women (up from 17.8).

    Andrew Lansley, the shadow health secretary, said: "These are disappointing figures, especially on repeat abortions which further illustrates the failure of the Government's strategies on sexual health and teenage pregnancy."

    The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists said the figures pointed to "a failure to address the problem of unplanned pregnancy, particularly in teenagers and young women".

    "This now represents a major public health issue, and a failure of preventative medicine," it said, and it called for a "rethink" in the way sex and relationship education is provided.

    The figures are released against the backdrop of an increasingly bitter debate on the abortion issue as the Abortion Act marks its 40th year - with moves to make abortion even easier.

    Last week MPs voted down the third proposal since October by pro-life backbenchers to increase restrictions. Next week the British Medical Association will debate recommendations to radically ease restrictions, approved by its medical ethics committee, which says women should be able to decide themselves to have abortions within the first 13 weeks - without the requirement of the consent of two doctors.

    Lord Steel, the man who proposed legalising abortion 40 years ago, said today the figures indicated a "very unwelcome trend" , especially the level of repeat abortions which he said was "extraordinary".

    He added if the BMA's proposals were adopted by the Government, it would bring England and Wales into line with Europe.

    "The legislation was drawn up to balance the rights of the foetus with the rights of the woman," he said. " But, there is also a strong case for encouraging abortions to take place earlier. "

    Last month Scotland's most senior Roman Catholic, Cardinal Keith O'Brien launched a fierce attack on pro-abortion Catholic politicians saying the abortion rate in Scotland was equivalent to "two Dunblane massacres a day".

    Pro-life organisations condemned the figures. Paul Pully, from SPUC (Society for the Protection of Unborn Children) said: "Gordon Brown should end the Labour Government's policy of rushing women as quickly as possible through the abortion mill in its frenzy to cut waiting times".

    Pro-life Alive and Kicking said the figures were "utterly horrifying".



TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: abortion; abortionismurder; britain; england; greatbritain; murdermostfoul; uk; unitedkingdom; wales
Caroline Flint, the health minister, admitted: "The NHS needs to work harder to reduce the demand for abortions by improving access to contraception."

No word on abstinence?

Last week MPs voted down the third proposal since October by pro-life backbenchers to increase restrictions. Next week the British Medical Association will debate recommendations to radically ease restrictions, approved by its medical ethics committee, which says women should be able to decide themselves to have abortions within the first 13 weeks - without the requirement of the consent of two doctors.

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Last month Scotland's most senior Roman Catholic, Cardinal Keith O'Brien launched a fierce attack on pro-abortion Catholic politicians saying the abortion rate in Scotland was equivalent to "two Dunblane massacres a day".

FR thread here:

Scotland Cardinal says abortion is worse than Dunblane (refers to 1996 massacre of 16 children)

1 posted on 06/19/2007 10:36:13 AM PDT by Stoat
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To: Stoat

But the Islamofascists breed like rats..........


2 posted on 06/19/2007 10:39:17 AM PDT by Vaquero
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To: Stoat

Well, that’s one procedure no one has to wait in line for.


3 posted on 06/19/2007 10:42:15 AM PDT by Montanabound
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To: Stoat

Headline a decade in the future:
“Cerival cancer rates soar in England and Wales”


4 posted on 06/19/2007 10:44:39 AM PDT by meandog (Bush--proving himself again and again to be the best friend the Dems have EVER had!)
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To: cpforlife.org; Coleus; cgk; narses; MHGinTN; wagglebee; little jeremiah

Sad Ping :-(


5 posted on 06/19/2007 10:47:18 AM PDT by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2008: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: Stoat

My Aunt Marion would blame this on the Beatles.


6 posted on 06/19/2007 10:50:53 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: Vaquero

“But the Islamofascists breed like rats..........”

Yes, they do breed, while the european eunuchs fail to reproduce. Birth control and abortion will be the end of western civilization.


7 posted on 06/19/2007 10:55:09 AM PDT by Neoliberalnot
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To: Neoliberalnot

Yes, if Britains abortion figures keep increasing at this rate we will have caught up with the US abortion rate in only about 20 years. . . . . .


8 posted on 06/19/2007 11:00:04 AM PDT by britemp
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To: Stoat

Mark Steyn ping.


9 posted on 06/19/2007 11:01:34 AM PDT by dashing doofus (Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber)
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To: dashing doofus

Soon there will be no English in England.


10 posted on 06/19/2007 11:03:38 AM PDT by IronKros (Soylent People are Green)
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To: massgopguy

I have a coworker who would blame this on the Beatles!


11 posted on 06/19/2007 11:08:52 AM PDT by lesko
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To: lesko

their music wasn’t that bad.


12 posted on 06/19/2007 11:09:49 AM PDT by IronKros (Soylent People are Green)
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To: Stoat
Caroline Flint, the health minister, admitted: "The NHS needs to work harder to reduce the demand for abortions by improving access to contraception."

What's the deal, Ms. Flint? It just a blob of tissue, right?

It's not like it's human or something. /sar

Must be a budget thingy...
13 posted on 06/19/2007 11:11:58 AM PDT by RedMonqey ( The truth is never PC)
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To: Stoat

I’m guessing abstinence isn’t working...


14 posted on 06/19/2007 11:17:01 AM PDT by stuartcr (Everything happens as God wants it to.....otherwise, things would be different.)
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To: Neoliberalnot

I figure that must be what God has planned...


15 posted on 06/19/2007 11:18:27 AM PDT by stuartcr (Everything happens as God wants it to.....otherwise, things would be different.)
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To: lesko

Oh, why don’t we do it in the road?
Yeah, why don’t we do it in the roooooaaad!
No one will be watching us.
Why don’t we do it in the road!

LOL


16 posted on 06/19/2007 11:29:34 AM PDT by RachelFaith
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To: Stoat
The figures also show that almost one third - 32 per cent - of women who had an abortion had already had at least one previous termination.

You could argue that once was a mistake, but this is sad. Criminally sad..

17 posted on 06/19/2007 11:31:43 AM PDT by Paradox (Foreign Policy suggestions from Jimmy Carter are like Beauty Tips from Rosie O'Donnell)
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To: IronKros

As Steyn points out, the conversion of Europe to Eurabia is all but complete in France and Germany. Some more time just needs to elapse at this point.

There may be hope in Britain, I think. Denmark and, obviously, Swizerland, will offer fierce resistance.

I don’t believe America will be “alone,” as does Steyn, but our circle of friends is certainly shrinking....


18 posted on 06/19/2007 12:16:35 PM PDT by dashing doofus (Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber)
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To: britemp

I recall that the teenage abortion rate in Britain (which is what the article is about) is higher than it is in the U.S., where it is about 22 per 1000).


19 posted on 06/19/2007 12:22:49 PM PDT by riverdawg
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To: Coleus; nickcarraway; narses; Mr. Silverback; Canticle_of_Deborah; TenthAmendmentChampion; ...
Pro-Life PING

Please FreepMail me if you want on or off my Pro-Life Ping List.

20 posted on 06/19/2007 4:44:53 PM PDT by cpforlife.org (A Catholic Respect Life Curriculum is available at KnightsForLife.org)
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To: Vaquero
But the Islamofascists breed like rats..........

Amazing, isn't it.

To think we have a Republican candidate that wants taxpayers to help pay for wiping ourselves out.

But Europe is so progressive./s

21 posted on 06/19/2007 4:48:28 PM PDT by dforest (Fighting the new liberal Conservatism. The Left foot in the GOP door.)
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To: indylindy

this isn’t europe - this is england.


22 posted on 06/25/2007 3:00:57 AM PDT by Rummenigge (there's people willing to blow out the light because it casts a shadow)
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To: Neoliberalnot
Yes, they do breed, while the european eunuchs fail to reproduce. Birth control and abortion will be the end of western civilization.

No, the welfare state will be the death of Western Civ, just as it was the death of Roman Civilization after they adopted free bread and circuses for the masses

The Muslims breed quickly because living under welfare is just fine for them, it's a higher standard of living than in the 3rd World. The middle class aborts because its hard to deal with the expense of raising a kid while also paying taxes to support the welfare state

23 posted on 06/25/2007 3:26:53 AM PDT by SauronOfMordor (Open Season rocks http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ymLJz3N8ayI)
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To: Rummenigge

I know, so what? What I said is true.

Do you have a problem with that?


24 posted on 06/25/2007 3:33:03 AM PDT by dforest (Fighting the new liberal Conservatism. The Left foot in the GOP door.)
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To: meandog
I prefer

Her Majesty's Sluts

25 posted on 06/25/2007 3:36:46 AM PDT by expatguy (http://laotze.blogspot.com/)
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To: Rummenigge

And in Great Britain the Islamofascists are breeding so fast that the name “Mohammed” is not the 2nd most popular for infant boys. The English are in an uproar over the influx of Muslims just as we are in an uproar over illegal immigration. The citizens there are also disgruntled about the “political correctness” that gives Muslims more rights than themselves, just like here in what once was known as America, Land of Freedom. Now it is America, Compromised Beyond Recognition.


26 posted on 06/25/2007 5:30:58 AM PDT by TommyDale (Rudy Giulianiís candidacy is fading faster than an abortionistís conscience.)
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