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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

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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.”

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