Five teenagers among women who had at least their 6th termination in UK last yearIvy Madziva
Abortions: Five teenagers among women who had at least their 6th termination in UK last year.
Data for England, Scotland and Wales also shows more than 140 women had at least their eighth abortion in 2018.
Pro-choice campaigners said the women involved needed help and not to be stigmatised
Five teenagers were among hundreds of women who had at least their sixth abortion in Britain last year, Sky News has learnt.
Data for England, Wales and Scotland also shows more than 140 women had at least their eighth termination in 2018 – an increase of more than a quarter over the previous two years.
Anti-abortion campaigners said the figures were “extremely alarming” and suggested that recent law changes allowing early abortion pills to be taken at home had contributed to an increase in repeat terminations.
Data released by the Department of Health for England and Wales and NHS Scotland under the Freedom of Information Act revealed:
- Five teenagers were among 718 women who had at least their sixth abortion in 2018
- 143 women had an abortion last year having previously had seven or more terminations – a 19% increase on 2017 and a 27% rise on 2016
- 172 women had their seventh abortion in 2018 – a 26% increase on 2016
- 403 women had their sixth termination – 10% up on 2017 and a 33% increase on 2016
- 1,298 women – including five teenagers – had their fifth abortion in 2018, while 4,389 women – including 23 teenagers – had their fourth termination
- Overall, 84,258 repeat abortions were performed in Britain in 2018, including 3,332 on teenagers – with the overall figure up 7% on 2017 and an 11% rise on 2016.
The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children said women having high numbers of abortions were “crying out for help” and voiced concerns about the “harmful policy” that allows women in Britain to take an early abortion pill at home.