Rate of repeat abortions is increasing –

Rosemary Bennett in The Times 29th April 2014 reports: Rate of repeat abortions is increasing

One in four women who has an abortion goes on to have another, according to a leading provider of terminations in Britain.

Marie Stopes International said it was very concerned that the opportunity was being missed to help women to choose an effective form of contraception after they have had an abortion to try to make sure they do not end up with another unwanted pregnancy.

Department of Health statistics show that while the overall number of abortions is going down, the proportion of repeat abortions is rising. In 2012, 37 per cent of women who had abortions had had one previously, compared with 31 per cent in 2001 and 34 per cent in 2010.

Marie Stopes, which carried out 65,000 of the 185,000 abortions that took place in England and Wales last year, interviewed patients who had had more than one to try to see why they were getting pregnant again….

In my own practice in West Wales we found that many of the abortion requests came from older women. We obviously had a different image than the cities where most are younger. The problems around limiting the number of abortions ( to one or possibly two in exceptional circumstances)  is that this form of “deserts based rationing” ends up punishing the unwanted and yet-to-be-born child.

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About Roger Burns - retired GP

I am a retired GP and medical educator. I have supported patient participation throughout my career, and my practice, St Thomas; Surgery, has had a longstanding and active Patient Participation Group (PPG). I support the idea of Community Health Councils, although I feel they should be funded at arms length from government. I have taught GP trainees for 30 years, and been a Programme Director for GP training in Pembrokeshire 20 years. I served on the Pembrokeshire LHG and LHB for a total of 10 years. I completed an MBA in 1996, and I along with most others, never had an exit interview from any job in the NHS! I completed an MBA in 1996, and was a runner up for the Adam Smith prize for economy and efficiency in government in that year. This was owing to a suggestion (St Thomas' Mutual) that practices had incentives for saving by being allowed to buy rationed out services in the following year.

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