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Abortion numbers on the rise again

The total number of abortions carried out in England and Wales has risen by 3.9% since 2005.

Three years ago, 186,4000 abortions took place in England and Wales compared with 193,700 today.

Abortion rates have increased even for girls less than 16 years of age, to 3.9 per 1,000.

The abortion rate is today highest for 19-year-old girls, at 35 per 1,000 women.

Most abortions, at 89%, were carried out before 13 weeks of gestation and 68% were carried out before 10 weeks had passed.

Medical abortions only accounted for a third of the total number of abortions and 2,000 pregnancies (1%) were aborted because the child would be born disabled.

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) says that the figures released by the Department of Health are "disappointing", and the government is failing to resolve the problem of unplanned pregnancies.

The RCOG is to publish its study findings on teenage pregnancy over the next week.

Until then, it urges the government to include both young and older women in its contraception education and awareness initiatives.

Watch video: Alison Hadley (Teenage Pregnancy Unit) on the teenage pregnancy strategy

Department of Health

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"I lead a nurse-led service seeing 5-700 young people every month, 96% for help with sexual health issues, we are not good as parents in helping our children feel able to discuss sex and relationships. There are not enough non-judgemental drop-in venues for then to access contracption and guidance. We also have so many families that have other difficulties and are unable to give support and encouragement to raise their children's expectations on life. Perseverance and time is needed to eventually make a change in the UK" - Mary Jackson, One Stop Shop, Harlow

"Self-worth and moral values should be taught as kids believe that they have to have sex to feel "love". Abortion at any stage of life is murder. Instead of abortion, adoption is also an alternative" - Name and address supplied