Sorry to ruin your Sunday:
More than 450 teenagers below the age of 14 terminated pregnancies between 2005 and 2008, including 23 girls aged 12, the statistics from the Department of Health disclosed. Over the same period, 52 teenagers terminated four or more pregnancies before they reached their 18th birthday, as the total number of “repeat terminations” hit record levels across England and Wales.
The Government data disclosed that 64,715 repeat abortions were carried out across all age groups last year — the highest level on record and a rise of 22 per cent in a decade. They included 46 women who terminated at least eight pregnancies.
A proposal to reduce the legal limit for termination for abortion from 24 weeks was defeated last year following a fierce parliamentary debate and the new figures showed a sharp rise in terminations after at least 26 weeks. There were 241 between 2005 and 2008, a rise of 16 per cent from the previous three years.
A Department of Health spokesman said the Government had invested almost £50 million in efforts to prevent teenage pregnancies and that the rates of abortions for teenagers as a whole had fallen by 4.5 per cent in the past year.
Well. Forgive my crusty old goat reaction, but I’d say that was money wasted. Trying to “educate” girls about sex does not (repeat: NOT) lead to better sexual practices. By which I mean less sex and fewer pregnancies – and therefore, fewer abortions. The challenge is not how to figure out what kind of contraception would work best on 13-year-old girls. The challenge is trying to convince 13-year-old girls that they ought to busy themselves with a great many things other than sex.by