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Termination rates on the rise

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The number of medical terminations carried out in England and Wales has increased, according to latest official figures.

The number of medical terminations carried out in England and Wales has increased, according to latest official figures.

The total number of terminations in 2006 was 193,700, compared with 186,400 in 2005, a rise of 3.9%. Medical terminations accounted for 30% of the total compared with 24% in 2005.

The Department of Health figures show that 87% of abortions were funded by the NHS, but 55% took place in the independent sector under NHS contract.

Anne Weyman, chief executive of the fpa, said: 'The fact that there has been such a percentage rise in the numbers of women having an abortion since 2005 isn't surprising given that contraceptive services are in crisis and at their lowest point for many years.

'In England, the average amount spent on each woman's contraception is about eleven pounds . Some PCTs have admitted they spend just 18 pence.'

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