“Abortions were given to three teenage girls in England and Wales who had previously had at least seven pregnancies terminated, latest figures reveal.”
“Pro-life campaigners said young women were being ”let down in an appalling way” after it emerged three of the 38,269 teenagers who had a termination in 2010 had undergone the procedure at least seven times.”
“Of the abortions carried out on teenage girls in 2010, more than 5,300 were on teenagers who had already had at least one termination.
A spokeswoman for pressure group LIFE said: ”Abortion is a serious procedure, one which all sides of the abortion debate agree should not be undertaken lightly.”
”Yet here we have young women, still not fully mature physiologically and emotionally, undergoing abortions numerous times.”
As a person of the male gender, my experience of such matters is necessarily limited. However, I do remember a girlfriend confiding in me a long time ago that she had already had 2 abortions, and the doctors had advised her that to continue such a practice would risk problems when she did want to carry a child to full term. Consequently, this defined how our relationship was conducted.
Since then I have known other young ladies that have been through the same procedure, some with little or no problem, others with difficulties and complications that caused quite a lot of worry. In general, abortion is something to be treated as an emergency solution to a problem, and not as an alternative to other more readily available forms of contraception.
On this page, there is a poll which asks “Should there be a limit to how many abortions women can have on the NHS?”.
The current response is 33.4% = No, 66.6% = Yes.
I disagree with the question altogether, however, as I think a limit on the number of abortions is wrong in principle. At the same time, however, I see a need to be more persuasive in reducing the number of abortions per person – especially in teenage girls. I would therefore advocate applying a fee on a sliding scale after the first. The fee would increase with each successive abortion, and would progressively deter women from choosing this method. There should always be an opt-out in, that if an abortion is required as the result of rape, no matter how many abortions had been done before, the fee would be waived.
And for under-age and unmarried girls, I see it as imperative to ensure that the parents are fully informed.
In the meantime, somebody should start doing a full analysis to find out how we can reduce these figures. It is not just a matter of cost.
We must all be quite clear about the fact that any abortion is a tragedy!
”It is very important that every woman who has an abortion is offered counselling and given good advice and supplies of contraception. ‘There are many types of contraception available to suit women’s needs from the pill to long acting reversible contraceptives such as the contraceptive implant.”
It appears that counselling and good advice are not doing the job. We need more than this. We need to establish who is most at risk, and follow that person’s reproductive health closely until it becomes clear that they have understood the message.
As for the overall cost to the Health Service, well it is not exactly “chicken-feed”! See
NHS ‘spends £1m on repeat abortions’ and
Abortion costs £30m higher than previously thought
With coordinated and directed action, I am certain we can improve the lives of these unfortunate ladies and girls, and with the money saved offset some of the damage caused by cuts to other parts of the Health Service.