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British, Abortion on the Rise as a Lifestyle Choice

There is bad news, and yet in the midst of it all, some good news in the pro-life battle in England. reports that a Times article writes that Sue Axon, a mother from Manchester, is about to launch a High Court challenge seeking to put an end to secret schoolgirl abortions. The abortion industry is deceiving school girls for the sake of their profits and idelogogies--what a shame!
Abortion is on the rise in England and Wales also, the BBC reported July 27. Department of Health figures show there were 185,400 abortions in 2004, a rise of 2.1% from 181,600 in 2003 and about 5.3% from 176,000 in 2002.

As in Spain abortion is most prevalent in the younger age groups. The abortion rate in 2004 was highest for women in the 18-19 and 20-24 age groups. It also increased by 6% in the under-14 age group, but decreased slightly in the under-16 and under-18 brackets.

A common feature of the statistics in the United States, Spain and England and Wales is that only a minimal number of abortions are performed for reasons not related to the woman's physical or psychological state. In England and Wales, for example, only 1% of abortions, 1,900 in total, were carried out under ground E of the Abortion Act -- stating that the child would be born disabled -- down from 1,950 in 2003.

According to a July 28 Times report on the data, some predict that the abortion rate will continue to rise, "as women increasingly regarded having a termination as a lifestyle choice."

Ann Furedi, chief executive of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service, Britain's leading abortion provider, said that women, particularly those in the professional classes, were increasingly reluctant to take breaks that could hinder their careers.

Britain has also had an intense debate over moves to lower the legal limit of how far into pregnancy abortions can be carried out. It is now at 24 weeks, with some allowances for abortions even later on. In 2003, 42 women had abortions at 28 weeks or more, compared with 49 women the year before. There were 18 cases that involved pregnancies of 32 weeks or more, compared with 22 in 2003.

Another aspect of abortion that has caused controversy is carrying out abortions on schoolgirls, without informing parents. The BBC recently broadcast a documentary about one case, involving Melissa Smith.

Melissa, who aborted with the help of school authorities at age 14 without her mother's knowledge, now regrets having the abortion, said an article published July 25 on the BBC Web site.

In the program "Real Story," Melissa said she wished she had involved her mother in the decision. The article noted that Sue Axon, a mother from Manchester, is about to launch a High Court challenge seeking to put an end to secret schoolgirl abortions.
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