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Annual abortion statistics shows scales tipping to medical abortion for the first year ever

On Tuesday 9 June 2015, the Department of Health released the annual report on abortion statistics in England and Wales 2014. The report shows that medical abortions accounted for more than half (51%) of all terminations in England and Wales for the first year ever.  In total 184,571 abortions were performed in 2014 across England and Wales, a slight fall on the previous year.

Marie Stopes UK’s response to Department of Health statistics

Genevieve Edwards, Director of Policy, Marie Stopes UK said:

“Looking at these statistics, it is heartening that not only is the total number of abortions in England and Wales gradually declining, but eight out of 10 are performed at under 10 weeks compared to just six out of 10 a decade ago.

“It is encouraging that women are increasingly able to get rapid access to abortion, with access to medical abortion playing an important role. However if we want to see a significant drop in numbers we must ensure all women can also access the full range of contraception, especially the longer acting, more reliable methods[i].

“While the pill and condoms are in ready supply at most GP surgeries if you want anything else, it can be harder to come by. With potential cuts to public health budgets on the horizon, I would urge local authorities to ensure access to contraceptive services including information and education are not restricted.”

Research conducted by Marie Stopes UK last year found that more than half (57%) of women were using contraception when they became pregnant, with short-term methods like the pill or condoms the most commonly used[ii] instead of more reliable long acting methods, like contraceptive implants, injections and intrauterine devices. Yet despite their impressive track record only 31% of women in England and Wales are currently being prescribed a long acting method [iii] compared to 45% at Marie Stopes UK.

Genevieve added: “We see many women at our clinics who were using contraception at the time they fell pregnant but condoms can break and some types of pill have to be taken at exactly the same time every day in order to be effective. One in three women will have an abortion, and these figures show clearly that women need good access to contraception and abortion services at every stage of their reproductive lifetimes.”

Anyone concerned about an unplanned and unwanted pregnancy can call Marie Stopes UK in total confidence any time day or night on 0345 300 8090.

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The 2014 Abortion Statistics for England and Wales can be accessed here.

Abortion statistics, England and Wales 2014: key findings

In 2014, for women resident in England and Wales:

• The total number of abortions was 184,571. This was 0.4% less than in 2013 (185,331) and 0.6% less than in 2004 (185,713).

• The age-standardised abortion rate was 15.9 per 1,000 resident women aged 15-44. This was 0.2% lower than in 2013 (15.9), and 6.4% lower than in 2004 (17.1); the lowest rate for 16 years. 

• The abortion rate was highest for women aged 22 (at 28 per 1,000). The highest rate in 2013 was for women aged 22 (at 30 per 1,000).

• The under-16 abortion rate was 2.5 per 1,000 women and the under-18 rate was 11.1 per 1,000 women. Both lower than in 2013 (2.6 and 11.7 per 1,000 women respectively) and in the year 2004 (3.7 and 17.8 per 1,000 women respectively).

• 98% of abortions were funded by the NHS. Of them, two thirds (67%) took place in the independent sector under NHS contract, up from 64% in 2013

• 92% of abortions were carried out at under 13 weeks gestation, compared to 91% in 2013 and 88% in 2004. 80% were carried out at under 10 weeks, compared to 79% in 2013 and 60% in 2004.

• Medical abortions accounted for 51% of the total. This was slightly higher than in 2013 (49%), and far higher than in 2004 (20%). This is the first year that there have been more medical procedures than surgical procedures.

• 3,099 abortions (2%) were carried out under ground E (risk that the child would be born handicapped).

• 37% of abortions in 2014 were to women who already had one or more abortions.

Non-residents:

• In 2014, there were 5,521 abortions for non-residents carried out in hospitals and clinics in England and Wales (5,469 in 2013). The 2013 total was the lowest in any year since 1969 and the 2014 total is slightly higher than in 2013.

About Marie Stopes UK

Marie Stopes UK is the leading independent provider of sexual and reproductive health services. Every year more than 64,000 men and women come to our centres for information, advice, professional care and support.  In addition to these face-to-face consultations, our 24hr confidential helpline One Call (0345 300 8090) offers advice or counselling day or night and last year received more than 300,000 calls. Our pregnancy and abortion counselling is totally independent and provided by counsellors registered with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy over the phone or face to face. There is no limit on post abortion counselling, we are there to support women irrespective of how much time has passed. Choice is fundamental to everything we do, and we respect the right of a woman to decide whether and when to have children. To achieve this we believe that all women should have access to comprehensive sexual health services, and that these services should be of the highest quality.

For more information, please visit our website www.mariestopes.org.uk

[i] http://mariestopes.org/media/research-reveals-more-half-young-women-who-have-abortions-were-using-contraception-when-they 
[ii] http://mariestopes.org/media/research-reveals-more-half-young-women-who-have-abortions-were-using-contraception-when-they 
[iii] http://www.hscic.gov.uk/catalogue/PUB15746