New figures from the British government show hundreds of teenagers in the U.K. are having multiple taxpayer-funded abortions with three who had several government-funded abortions before their 20th birthday.
The Daily Telegraph newspaper obtained official NHS figures using a Freedom of Information Act request and determined that two teenage girls had their seventh abortion in 2010, the most recent year during which the government has figures. Another four teenage girls had six abortions paid for at taxpayer expense.
“Fourteen teenage girls had their fifth abortion in 2010, 57 teens had a termination for the fourth time and 485 women aged 19 or under went through the procedure for a third time,” the newspaper indicated.
From the report:
Of the abortions carried out on teenage girls in 2010, more than 5,300 were on teenagers who had already had at least one termination. Out of the 189,574 abortions carried out in 2010 for women of all ages, more than 64,300 terminations were for women who had already had the operation in the past.
Some 85 of those women had undergone at least seven previous terminations, including 30 women who were aged under 30.
The number of abortions for teenagers dropped 4.5% in 2010, from 40,067 in 2009 which was itself a 6.1% fall on the 42,690 in 2008. But while the number who had two previous abortions or fewer before they had a termination in 2010 fell, the number who had previously had three or more rose from 62 to 80.
The total number of abortions for women of all ages rose slightly to 189,574 in 2010, up 0.3% on the 189,100 carried out in 2009, following a 3.2% fall from the 195,296 recorded for 2008.
Rebecca Mallinson, of the Pro Life Alliance, was shocked by the figures, and talked with the Telegraph newspaper about them.
“There is something seriously wrong with a country where teenagers are having even one abortion, let alone repeat abortions to this extent,” she said. “We are failing these young people in an appalling way, and storing up serious sexual health problems for the future, whether the direct issue of sexually transmitted diseases, but also the effects that multiple abortions can have on future fertility.”
“As to the psychological impact for these extremely vulnerable teenagers, one can only hope they find proper counseling and help as soon as possible,” she said.
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But the head of one abortion business appeared to have no problem with the shocking number of multiple abortions.
Tracey McNeill, director of Marie Stopes International, said: “We believe that women who have already had an abortion should have exactly the same access to sexual reproductive health services as women who have never had an abortion before.”