The number of women having two or more abortions
has risen to its highest ever level, figures from the Department of Health show.
The statistics reveal that in 2007, 64,230 abortions were carried out on women who had already had at least one, indicating that a third of all terminations are performed on women who have had one before.
The number of under-18s undergoing repeat abortions increased from 1,446 in 2006 to 1,465 in 2007, and 13 girls under the age of 18 were on their fourth abortion or more.
Campaigners warn that the figures suggest abortion is increasingly being seen as an alternative to contraception.
Conservative MP Nadine Dorries told the Daily Mail: "The figures show very clearly that for some, easy access to abortion has fostered a careless attitude to contraception and has itself become a form of contraception when required."
Ms Dorries, who recently campaigned to cut the time limit for abortions, added that young women "have the right to know the consequences of abortion, particularly repeat abortions".