More women over 35 have abortions than teenagers

by Beatrice Credi - 2017.06.15
More women over 35 have abortions than teenagers
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In England and Wales more abortions were performed last year on women approaching middle age than on teenagers. Official figures from the Department of Health show steadily rising numbers of abortions among over 35s that have now overtaken those among teens. Abortions among women over 35, counted at 28,562 in 2006, topped 30,000 for the first time in 2016 and reached 30,471. On the contrary, abortion rates among girls under 20 have been collapsing following the historic fall in teenage pregnancy over the past decade. Analysts have connected rising rates of pregnancy among older women and the increasing age at which women marry with the movement of women over the past 40 years into education and careers. The move to delay marriage and family has also gone alongside high housing costs and the growing difficulty for women of forming stable domestic partnerships. A generation likely to be coping with pressures from careers, mortgages, relationships and the biological clock.

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