Fall in number of abortions

Abortion numbers fell by 1.6% in England and Wales last year, data from the DoH show.

The total number of abortions was 195,296 in 2008, compared with 198,499 in 2007.

The under-16 abortion rate was 4.2 per 1,000 women and the under-18 rate was 18.9 per 1,000 women, both lower than in 2007.

Family Planning Association chief executive Julie Bentley welcomed the figures. ‘Continued investment in contraception services to ensure all sexually active women have the right method of contraception is essential to sustain this trend,’ she said.

‘Abortion is a critical option for women facing an unwanted pregnancy and we welcome the news that more women needing abortion have been able to access it earlier,’ she added.

tom.moberly@haymarket.com

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