Town Top of Abortion List; Bromsgrove Pregnancy Statistics Shock

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Town Top of Abortion List; Bromsgrove Pregnancy Statistics Shock


PROSPEROUS Broms- grove tops a regional list of shame for the highest number conceptions leading to abortion, shock figures revealed today.

A staggering 56 in every 1,000 girls falling pregnant in the town opted to terminate the pregnancy, according to a report by the Office for National Statistics.

Previous studies have shown that girls who fall pregnant and come from areas with high numbers of teenage mothers are more likely to keep their baby because it is seen as socially acceptable, or because of pressure from their families.

The reverse is true of Bromsgrove, according to the figures which cover 1992-97and provide a detailed analysis of pregnancies among girls aged under 18.

Sandwell is the teenage pregnancy hot-spot of the West Midlands, three times that of the Malvern Hills in Worcestershire, which has the lowest figure in the region.

There were 65.4 pregnancies per 1,000 girls in Sandwell, compared with 22.9 in Malvern Hills.

The city with the lowest number of conceptions leading to abortion with 29.7 per 1,000 was Stoke-on-Trent.

The London borough of Southwark had the highest teenage conception rate in the UK, with 85 pregnancies among girls under 18 per 1,000. …

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