Abortion facts and figures

Abortion facts and figures

  • Only14% of women who had had an abortion said they  received adequate pre-abortion counselling or  information on alternatives or physical and emotional risks
  • In a recent study 52% of women who had had an early abortion (pre-12 weeks) and 67% of women who had had a late abortion met the  American Psychological Association’s criteria for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder  (PTSD) symptoms
  • At least one-third of UK women will have had an abortion by the time they reach the age of 45 years Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
  • Unplanned pregnancy is a growing issue for women over 35 says Family Planning Association
  • A sobering fact to consider is that abortions among older women are consistently high, with more abortions taking place in those over 30 than in those under 20.
  • Abortion rates for women aged 40 to 44 match those for the under-16s - BBC Online
  • One in seven girls is pregnant by age of 18 - Guardian
  • Recent figures show UK abortions around 200,000 every year over the last 5 years


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