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02 / 11 / 2009 - Abortions soar by a quarter among 14-year-olds
The number of 14-year-olds having abortions has soared by almost a quarter in two years.
Department of Health figures show that 166 girls of that age had terminations last year compared with 135 in 2006.
For 15-year-olds, the number was up 16 per cent over seven years.
England's teenage pregnancy figures are the worst in Western Europe and come despite a raft of Government initiatives.
Earlier this year it was revealed that young girls on a £5.9m state sponsored programme to cut pregnancies among poorer teenagers had failed - and instead had 'significantly' increased their chances of falling pregnant.
The UK has one of the highest abortion rates in the western world with almost 200,000 terminations a year.
The number of teenage pregnancies is also one of the highest, with 40,000 girls becoming pregnant every year.
The latest figures, released by the Department of Health following a Freedom of Information request, show the total number of abortions carried out on under 16s rose from 3,658 in 2001 to 4,113 last year – a rise of more than 12 per cent.
Norman Wells, of Family and Youth Concern, said: 'High abortion rates among teenagers are the inevitable fruit of a society that has made an idol of sexual pleasure.'
A spokesman for the Department of Health said extra funds had been invested in contraceptive services and an awareness campaign was on its way.
'However, we acknowledge that more needs to be done to reduce the number of teenage pregnancies,' she added.
Source: Daily Mail