Bpas comment on “repeat” abortion figures
A bpas spokesperson said:
"Nationally, around a third of women having an abortion have had a previous termination, and this is in keeping with the rates in other comparable countries where women expect to participate fully in society and make their own decisions about their lives and families.
"Women are fertile for up to 40 years, and no method of contraception is 100% effective, so it is understandable that women may experience more than one episode of unplanned pregnancy in their lifetime. The average age of motherhood has now hit 30 - this means women are spending a greater proportion of their most fertile years actively trying to avoid pregnancy, and this may be reflected in these figures.
"There is no 'right' number of abortions, but certainly more work can be done to improve access to the information and services women need to prevent unwanted pregnancy. Walk-in contraceptive services, and in particular access to free emergency contraception, are often restricted to younger women. Rather than chastise women for needing to access abortion care, we should focus on meaningful support to enable all women to plan their lives and families in the way they see fit."
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