Estimates show that the number of abortions made by older Irish women in the UK is still climbing. This is the third year in which more and more Irish women close to mid-life opt for an abortion.
Last year alone 836 women from Ireland who were 35 or older had an abortion. This showed an increase of 54 abortions from 2009 and 116 from 2008. Good news is that the number of Irish women who come to the UK just to have an abortion is steadily declining for the past nine years. Experts couldn’t link the increasing number of abortions to the recession, or the economic aspect of their lives.
An overall statistic reveals that 4,402 Irish women had abortions in Britain in 2010, which is a little less than the number obtained in 2009. Although there is a nine year old decline, the situation is still grim.
Young women in their twenties appear to be holding the highest rate of abortions in the United Kingdom – around 2,300, while there were less than a quarter of those under the age of 20 that opted for an abortion. 459 under the age of 20 made an abortion in 2010. The number is lower than the situation registered in 2009 – 511.
Under-16 abortions went up to 41 in 2010, which is higher than the one registered for 2009 (38) and much higher than the one for 2008 (28).
Doctor Stephanie O’Keeffe from Crisis Pregnancy Agency said that the total number of abortions registered at women below the age of 20 is still dropping since 2001. She said that 2.7 women from 1,000 were likely to choose abortion in 2001. In 2010 the rate went down to 2.3 but now it went up to 2.5. The doctor said:
When you ask this age group why it was a crisis pregnancy, you are more likely to be told that their family is complete. There may be relationship difficulties and that it was not planned.
According to Pro-Life, the numbers are even better than expected but the idea that abortion, although legalized, has a lasting effect on women appears to be ignored. Teenage women need to choose carefully whether or not to have an abortion as the rates don’t show any sign of going down. The psychological toll is also high, so the fewer the cases, the better the results.