Abor­tion rates at a 7-year high

Wishaw Press - - FRONT PAGE - Robert Mitchell

The num­ber of abor­tions across La­nark­shire is at a seven-year high.

New gov­ern­ment fig­ures re­veal that there were 1465 ter­mi­na­tions in the NHS health board area.

The sta­tis­tics were re­leased by In­for­ma­tion Ser­vices Di­vi­sion Scot­land, a part of NHS Scot­land which pro­vides health ser­vice data used in plan­ning.

And the re­port on the fig­ures says: “There con­tin­ues to be a strong as­so­ci­a­tion be­tween de­pri­va­tion and ter­mi­na­tion rates.

“While rates across the de­pri­va­tion cat­e­gories have gen­er­ally been de­creas­ing or re­mained rel­a­tively sta­ble, since 2013 a widen­ing gap has been ev­i­dent be­tween women from the most and least de­prived ar­eas.

“In 2017 the rate of ter­mi­na­tions for women in the most de­prived ar­eas re­mained around twice as high as those from the least de­prived ar­eas.”

The sta­tis­tics show that 15 fe­males aged un­der 16 had ter­mi­na­tions in La­nark­shire.

Among those aged 16 to 19, there were 218 ter­mi­na­tions; 414 in those aged 20 to 24; 314 ter­mi­na­tions among those aged 25 to 29; 267 among those aged 30 to 34; 183 among those aged 35 to 39; and 54 among women aged over 40.

In North La­nark­shire there were 811 ter­mi­na­tions, up from 751 in 2016.

There were 654 ter­mi­na­tions in South La­nark­shire – down from 673 in 2016.

Across Scot­land, the num­ber of ter­mi­na­tions was at a five-year high in 2017.

There were 12,212 ter­mi­na­tions of preg­nancy dur­ing the year.

This was 106 more ter­mi­na­tions than re­ported in 2016; an in­crease of just un­der one per cent.

Na­tion­ally, for the fourth suc­ces­sive year, the low­est ter­mi­na­tion rate was in the un­der-16 age group, down from 4.0 to 1.3 per 1000 fe­males aged 13-15.

The rate is twice as high in de­prived ar­eas

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