How common are repeat abortions?

The NHS “spends £1m a week on repeat abortions”, the Daily Mail reported. The newspaper claimed that single women are using terminations “as another form of contraceptive”, and that some will have “seven, eight or even as many as nine terminations in their lifetime”.

The Mail’s coverage seems to be a response to a request for data on repeat abortions that was made in parliament in April 2012. The article appears to draw on 2010 abortion statistics available from a Department of Health report. The annual report provides data on the number of abortions (medically termed “termination of pregnancy”) performed in the UK, and includes a section on repeat abortions.


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