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Just under 200,000 abortions last year in England and Wales

19 June 2014 | by Liz Dodd | Comments: 0

The number of abortions in England and Wales fell slightly to 190,800, latest figures show, with nine taking place due to a cleft lip and palate, writes Liz Dodd.Statistics show that the numbers are down by 172 from last year although the number of terminations among older women (aged 35 or over) rose as did repeat abortions.One per cent of all abortions were carried out because of a risk that the child would be born disabled with 22 per cent of these terminated due to Down’s syndrome. Abortions due to disability can take place right up until the time of birth.In recent years, the Department of Health has not published the reasons for abortions on the grounds of disability. The figures also show that there were 5,469 abortions to non-residents, the lowest number since 1969. The majo ....... ....... ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........

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