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Reduction In Warrington Teenage Abortion Rates

Tuesday, April 30th, 2019 10:15am

By Aran Dhillon - Local Democracy Reporter

The abortion rate for women aged between 15 and 17 totalled almost 50 per cent in 2017, figures have revealed.

Data published by the Office for National Statistics shows the levels of teenage pregnancy rates for each local authority.

It combines information from registrations of births and notifications of legal abortions.

In 2017, there were 16,740 conceptions from those under 18, aged 15 to 17, in England and Wales – a decrease from the 2016 figure of 18,086.

But the percentage of conceptions leading to an abortion in 2017 totalled 51.7 per cent, with the figure a year earlier reaching 51.4 per cent.

In Warrington, in 2017, the number of conceptions totalled 65, the conception rate per 1,000 women in the age group was 18.9, the maternity rate per 1,000 women in the age group was 9.6, the abortion rate per 1,000 women in the age group was 9.3 and the percentage of conceptions leading to abortion was 49.2.

In comparison, in 2016, the number of conceptions was 60, the conception rate per 1,000 women in the age group was 16.9, the maternity rate per 1,000 women in the age group was 6.2, the abortion rate per 1,000 women in the age group was 10.7 and the percentage of conceptions leading to abortion was 63.3.

Across England and Wales, the number of conceptions among under 16s, aged 13 to 15, from 2015 to 2017, totalled 8,804 and the percentage of conceptions leading to abortion was 60.5.

Over the same period in Warrington, the number of conceptions totalled 32, the conception rate per 1,000 women in the age group was 3.1 and the percentage of conceptions leading to abortions was 78.1.

In comparison, from 2014 to 2016, the number of conceptions was 34, the conception rate per 1,000 women in the age group was 3.3 and the percentage of conceptions leading to abortion was 76.5.

In its response to the figures, the council says it is ‘very committed’ to doing all it can, along with partners, to reduce the number of conceptions among youngsters.

A spokesman added: “There has been a downward trend in the teenage conception rate in Warrington over many years.

“In 1998 when monitoring was first introduced and national targets set, the Warrington rate was over 2.5 times higher than currently.

“The average number of conceptions on which the rate is based has reduced by over 100 per year since then.

“This significant reduction reflects the ongoing work, real commitment and strong partnerships between various agencies working in Warrington, including school health teams, the youth service, Warrington Sexual Health Service and the Family Nurse Partnership (FNP) and schools work around sexual health and personal social health education.

“The integrated sexual health service (Warrington Sexual Health) undertakes sexual health testing and screening and offers contraception advice to young people in various venues across the borough.”

For advice visit warringtonsexualhealth.nhs.uk or call 644202.

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