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.