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The Telegraph— Hundreds of teenage girls given more than two abortions on NHS including three who have had seven terminations, official figures show.

Pro-life campaigners said young women were being “let down in an appalling way” after it emerged three of the 38,269 teenagers who had a termination in 2010 had undergone the procedure at least seven times.

NHS figures released under the Freedom of Information Act show another two teenage girls had their seventh abortion in 2010, the most recent year for which data is available, while four more teenagers had a termination for the sixth time.

Fourteen teenage girls had their fifth abortion in 2010, 57 teens had a termination for the fourth time and 485 women aged 19 or under went through the procedure for a third time.

Rebecca Mallinson, of the Pro Life Alliance, said: “There is something seriously wrong with a country where teenagers are having even one abortion, let alone repeat abortions to this extent.

“We are failing these young people in an appalling way, and storing up serious sexual health problems for the future, whether the direct issue of sexually transmitted diseases, but also the effects that multiple abortions can have on future fertility.

“As to the psychological impact for these extremely vulnerable teenagers, one can only hope they find proper counselling and help as soon as possible.”

Of the abortions carried out on teenage girls in 2010, more than 5,300 were on teenagers who had already had at least one termination.

A spokeswoman for pressure group LIFE said: “Abortion is a serious procedure, one which all sides of the abortion debate agree should not be undertaken lightly.

“Yet here we have young women, still not fully mature physiologically and emotionally, undergoing abortions numerous times.

“Are there no mechanisms in the system to prevent or even to flag this? Are there no checks to protect these vulnerable women?

“It cannot be healthy for them, and the provision of abortion is clearly not resolving the problems in the lives that cause them to have multiple crisis pregnancies.”

Out of the 189,574 abortions carried out in 2010 for women of all ages, more than 64,300 terminations were for women who had already had the operation in the past.

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