More abortions for second year

The number of abortions in England and Wales has risen slightly for the second year running.

Latest figures show that 189,931 abortions were performed for women resident in England and Wales in 2011, a 0.2 per cent rise on the 189,574 figure in 2010 and 7.7 per cent more than the 176,364 total in 2001, statistics published on the Department of Health website have shown.

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The rise comes after the 2010 figure also registered a small increase on the previous year – up 0.3 per cent on the 189,100 total in 2009.