Search

Almost 50% of Havering women who had abortions last year had previous terminations

PUBLISHED: 07:00 25 June 2018 | UPDATED: 07:04 25 June 2018

NHS. Picture: Yui Mok/PA Archive

NHS. Picture: Yui Mok/PA Archive

PA Archive/PA Images

Nearly half of the women who had an abortion in the borough last year had previously one or more terminations, according to NHS figures.

In Havering, there were 1,122 abortions carried out in 2017 and 46pc of the cases were deemed as repeat procedures for women who had a previous abortion - this is equivalent to a rate of 22.2 for every 1,000 women aged 15-44 living in the area.

The abortion rate in Havering is highest among women aged 20 to 24 and lowest for those aged under 18 and over 35.

Abortions can be carried out by a surgical operation or by taking a drug.

The medical route is more common than surgery in Havering.

In 2017, 189,859 women living in England and Wales had an abortion plus 4,809 women who were non-residents.

The data shows that more than 60pc of those women came from the Republic of Ireland, where a recent referendum resulted in a vote to change the country’s strict abortion laws.

Dr Kate Guthrie of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists said: “The reason for choosing abortion may be different in different pregnancies.

“Women have to make hard choices within their circumstances at the time.

“It is absolutely crucial for women to have access to effective contraception and sexual health services.

“This will enable them to take control of their health and fertility by preventing unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections.”

Latest Romford News Stories

11:45

An award winning play by the National Theatre has been adapted specifically for children and will be performed in schools in Dagenham and Havering.

A college student made it to the final of a prestigious fashion competition at London Fashion Week, showcasing her work on the runway.

09:20

A man was injured following a fight in Exchange Street this morning.

07:00

A Havering care home is trying to raise awareness about dementia by supporting World Alzheimer’s Day.

Yesterday, 18:04

A witness in the Beniamin Pieknyi murder trial told the court today he’d pleaded with the alleged attacker, telling him “it’s not worth it”.

Yesterday, 17:00

A resident has grown a massive pumpkin at a Havering-atte-Bower garden that is said to be 10ft in circumference.

Yesterday, 14:58

Havering’s NHS hospital trust has appointed the former chief financial officer of British Airways as its new CFO.

Yesterday, 13:10

From taking dance classes just for fun, to getting prepared to perform in front of thousands, a teenage street dance group is reaching new heights.

PROMOTED CONTENT

Vauxhall has completed its sport utility vehicle range with the third, and largest, Grandland X. We put the SUV, now available at Tony LeVoi in Romford, to the test.

“The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining,” so the saying goes. So if some warm weather is making your conservatory uninhabitable, think about replacing its roof with a flat one and adding a roof lantern instead.

The next step in renewable energy could be right beneath your feet as you walk through a Romford shopping centre.

Newsletter Sign Up

Romford Recorder twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read news

Show Job Lists

Education Promo

News from your area

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now