More married women in their 30s are having abortions

Official figures show more demand for abortions among married women in their 30s

Official figures from the Office for National Statistics show that more married women in their 30s are having abortions.

According to the figures, although the proportion of pregnancies ending in an abortion has fallen in recent years overall, it rose four per cent in women aged 25-39 between 2010 and 11.

The number of married women in their early 30s who had abortions had increased by 5.4 per cent. Almost one in 10 pregnant married women in their late 30s had an abortion in 2011, a rise from just over nine per cent in 2009.

These figures come as teenage pregnancies have fallen to the lowest level since records began, a fall of 10 per cent in a single year.

A spokeswoman for abortion provider BPAS said: ‘Women take motherhood extremely seriously and are increasingly waiting until they feel emotionally and financially secure enough to have a child.

‘Contraception is never 100 per cent effective and at BPAS we frequently see women in long-term relationships trying to avoid pregnancy in their more fertile twenties and early thirties, which can result in unplanned pregnancy.’

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