January 24, 2009

Repeat abortions among teens rise

The number of abortions performed in Britain on teenage girls who have had at least one before has risen by nearly 70 percent since 1991, researchers say.

A study, published in the journal Contraception, found that the proportion of repeat pregnancy terminations carried out on teenagers rose by 68 percent in 16 years, the Daily Mail reported Saturday.

In 2007, 5,897 girls under 20 had their second, third or even fourth abortion. By comparison, the figure in 1991 stood at 2,934, the newspaper reported.

Experts have attributed the situation to an increase in binge drinking among youths.

Norman Wells of Family and Youth Concern blamed the increase in repeat abortions on the contraceptive culture in Britain.

High abortion rates and the alarming number of repeat teenage abortions are the inevitable fruit of a society that has made an idol of sexual pleasure and failed to respect its proper place and purpose, he was quoted as saying.