Britain has overtaken France and now ranks fifth in the world behind Russia, the US, India and Japan in the abortion league tables - despite having a smaller population...
Britain has overtaken France and now ranks fifth in the world behind Russia, the US, India and Japan in the abortion league tables – despite having a smaller population.
Teenage pregnancy rates in Britain have increased by almost a third over the past decade with half of all pregnancies among girls who are under 18 now ending in a termination. Anti-abortion campaigners say the figures show that the Government’s drive to cut teen pregnancies is not working.
Labour announced last week that it now intends to make sex education compulsory in all schools for pupils from the age of five upwards.
The latest figures, reported in the Telegraph, were compiled by the Norway-based pro-family pressure group, the Institute for Family Policies, from statistics collected by the European Union’s statistical arm, Eurostat.
They showed that in 2007, the latest year for which figures were available, 219,336 abortions were carried out in England, Scotland and Wales.
Britain also had the highest number of teenage abortions – 48,150 among girls under 20 compared to France’s 31,779.
In March, the Advertising Standards Agency said it was considering allowing abortion clinics to advertise on television after Government calls for action to combat rising teenage pregnancy rates.
‘These are not surprising figures,’ she told The Daily Mail. ‘The Government is not so much running a Teenage Pregnancy Strategy as a Teenage Abortion Strategy. Conceptions are not going down and abortion is going up, exactly the reverse of what was supposed to happen. Britain will continue to have record abortion levels until ministers recognise the idiocy of these policies’
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