Figures show rise in teen abortions in Wales

There has been a rise in the number of under-18s having an abortion in Wales, according to new figures released by the Welsh Assembly government.

A total of 8,765 women had an abortion in Wales in 2007 and 1,043 of these were teenagers.

The overall number of abortions and the number of terminations in under-18s has risen since 2002 and has now reached a five-year high.

In addition, the figures show that more than 2,400 of those having an abortion in 2007 had already had a previous abortion.

Dr Andrew Dearden, from the British Medical Association in Wales, commented: "It's very difficult to say what's to blame for a rise as there are multiple things that could be behind it - often it's just trends in society."

The medical expert said that education in schools is "really important" and called for an increased awareness of contraception.

Figures published in February by the Office for National Statistics revealed that the number of teenage pregnancies in England and Wales rose between 2006 and 2007, with just over 42,900 under-18s conceiving.

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