Repeat abortions currently account for a third of all terminations
Thousands of women are undergoing multiple terminations which has led critics to suggest the procedure is being used as a form of contraception.
According to statistics, some women are using the service to terminate unwanted foetuses up to nine times with each procedure costing around £1,000.
In 2010, more than 64,000 out of 189,000 terminations were performed on someone who had undergone the procedure at least once before.
Stuart Cowie, a spokesman for pressure group LIFE says the Department of Health statistics show abortions on demand trivialises the process.
But a spokeswoman for the Department of Health maintains that having an abortion can be a very difficult and traumatic experience for women.
She explains abortion rates have only increased slightly over the past decade and concludes there is no evidence that women are using abortion as a method of birth control.
‘Our data on contraceptive also shows that there has been no decrease in the number of women using contraception – and more women are turning to extremely effective methods such as long-acting contraception.’