Monday, 5 July 2010

Myth-Busting Monday: Do only teenagers have abortions?

Every Monday EFC busts myths and take names, cutting through the misinformation, disinformation, and straight up nonsense to bring you the facts.

Teenagers have about 40,000 abortions a year out of the 195,000 that are carried out in England and Wales each year.  About half of teenage pregnancies end in abortion (for women of all ages it’s 22%). However, while women in the 20-35 age bracket end a smaller proportion of their pregnancies in abortion, they have a lot more pregnancies altogether, and therefore a lot more abortions. In fact, there are more abortions performed on over-40s than there are for under-16s each year.

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