In 2007 5,897 teenage girls had their 2nd, 3rd, or even 4th termination, which is an increase from the 2,934 girls who had repeat terminations in 1991.
As far as I am concerned, it is 5,887 abortions too many, and this itself is due to the belief that terminations themselves are harmless.
What would be a better statistic right now is how many of these same young women who have been so foolish as to find themselves pregnant in the first place (discounting rape victims) have in fact being able to have a live birth or have children years after they had an abortion.
There are other issues at stake here. Issues such as the increased consumption of alcohol by teenage girls. I think that this is a separate and a side issue with regard to unexpected pregnancy because the girls have behave in an uninhibitative manner. In other words there is more than one issue that needs to be tackled.
There is a good example within the article of a young woman by the name of Lucy Lanelly. She has had 4 abortions under the age of 19. What is really bad about this report though, is that her mother and grandmother arranged for the terminations to take place. Another really bad thing is the age when she first became pregnant. A girl of 12 is too young to be engaged in intimate relations. Lucy blames the lack of sex education. I would say that sex education has in fact been playing a role – but not the reason given (in other words, the type of education given seems to be leading to widespread experimentation). Other possible reasons for this result could be the lack of moral direction in Lucy’s life.
The increase in 2nd and third time abortions is most likely due to several factors and among them are:
- “the inevitable fruit of a society that makes an idol of sexual pleasure” (Norman Wells)
- “abortion has become more acceptable, easer to access for all age groups, better funded by the NHS” (Ann Fruedi)
Obviously the funding of abortion clinics has an impact on society, since people allow the breakdown of moral practices. One thing leads to another, and abortion clinics only serve to condone sexual immorality at higher and higher rates such that young girls are no longer innocent.