19.11.19: “Repeat abortion rates among UK teenagers paints a heartbreaking picture of betrayal” – PLC

Confirmation that five teenagers were among 718 women who had at least their sixth abortion in 2018 in the UK has been described as a harrowing window into the inevitable trauma and betrayal that accompanies the provision of the ‘service’ according to the spokesperson for the Pro Life Campaign Eilís Mulroy.

Ms Mulroy was speaking after data confirming the numbers was released by the Department of Health for England and Wales and NHS Scotland to Sky News under a Freedom of Information request.  She said:

“The information that has been published today is quite simply horrific. In fact, it is hard to overstate the brutal and dehumanising scenario that the data represents.

“Apart from the number of teenagers who have had to endure multiple abortions, we now know that 143 women also had an abortion last year having previously had seven or more terminations – a 19% increase on 2017 and a 27% rise on 2016.

“This makes it unavoidably clear that where abortion is embedded into a culture and is widely and freely accessible, then young girls and vulnerable women become targets for exploitation rather the recipients of so called ‘health care.’

“To describe the reality of teenage girls procuring their fourth, fifth and sixth abortions as anything less than exploitation is only to collude with the cruel and misleading fantasy that abortion represents the liberation and empowerment of girls and women.

“This is what the reality of an abortion culture looks like:

172 women had their seventh abortion in 2018 – a 26% increase on 2016

403 women had their sixth termination – 10% up on 2017 and a 33% increase on 2016

1,298 women – including five teenagers – had their fifth abortion in 2018, while 4,389 women – including 23 teenagers – had their fourth termination.

“Overall, 84,258 repeat abortions were performed in Britain in 2018, including 3,332 on teenagers – with the overall figure up 7% on 2017 and an 11% rise on 2016.

“We can only hope that this latest information will act as a disturbing glimpse into what awaits us here if we do not develop genuine and meaningful alternatives for young girls and women in crisis,” concluded Ms Mulroy.

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