19 November 2019 – Data released by the Department of Health for England and Wales and NHS Scotland under the Freedom of Information Act has revealed that:
- Five teenagers were among 718 women who had at least their sixth abortion in 2018
- 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.
- 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
Earlier in the year, the Department of Health released figures showing that the number of abortions for residents of England and Wales was the highest number ever in 2018 at 200,608.
Spokesperson for Right To Life UK, Catherine Robinson said:
“This election we are calling on party leaders to commit to urgently introduce parental notification legislation in the next Parliament.
Polling shows a large majority of parents want a law change on this. It’s now time for Parliament to begin steps to introduce a parental notification law that will ensure that parents are involved in what can be one of the biggest decisions of their child’s lives.”
“As a parent, I understand why parents around the country are shocked that their child can be taken away to an abortion clinic for a secret abortion without parents being involved. To hear that five teenagers have had at least six abortions shows that this legislation is urgently needed in the UK.
“The abortion industry cannot be trusted to take the place of parents to know what is in the best interests of their child. As we have seen from CQC reports, abortion facilities have been found to have a vested interest in girls undergoing abortions.
“This highlights the lack of legal protections in place to protect vulnerable girls, under the age of consent, and the fact that parents have no legal right to be informed or consulted about their child’s abortion.
“This also highlights the ridiculous scenario here in the UK where a girl aged under 16 needs parental consent to take a paracetamol pill at school but does not need any parental consent for her school nurse to take her off to an abortion clinic to terminate her pregnancy.
“A ComRes poll, conducted in 2017, showed that 70% of parents agree that parental or guardian consent should be required for girls aged 15 or under to undergo an abortion.
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- Please note: The law, as established in the Gillick case, does not make it generally lawful for children under 16 to have an abortion without parental knowledge. It only makes it lawful if that particular child is able to give proper lawful consent. To perform an abortion on the word of a child who was not competent to give informed consent (for example not in a position fully to understand the implications) remains a battery/assault by the practitioner involved. Unfortunately, in practice, this allows for a situation where children under 16 can have an abortion without parental knowledge.
- Further coverage on abortions statistics
- Nearly 1 in 4 babies in England and Wales were aborted in 2018 – https://righttolife.org.uk/news/press-release-nearly-1-in-4-babies-in-england-and-wales-were-aborted-in-2018/
- Abortion stats published – number highest in 10 years – https://righttolife.org.uk/news/press-release-abortion-stats-published-rate-highest-in-10-years/
- The full Abortion Statistics for England and Wales 2018 are available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/abortion-statistics-for-england-and-wales-2018
- ComRes interviewed 2,008 GB adults online between 12th and 14th May 2017. Data were weighted by age, gender, region and socio-economic grade to be demographically representative of all GB adults. Full data tables are available here: Full data tables are available here: https://www.comresglobal.com/polls/where-do-they-stand-abortion-survey/
- Further information on the Care Quality Commission investigation of Maries Stopes International is available here: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/abortions-marie-stopes-clinic-bonuses-persuade-women-investigation-a8012171.html