Leslie Carol Botha: It is appalling that in the last 30 years safe and effective birth control for women has not been developed. It is now known that hormonal contraceptives cause a myriad of health problems in women. We are subjected to injections, and pills that harm our health and may even damage our fertility. Women are now going into puberty and menopause at an earlier and earlier age. Although I am pro-choice – I also recognize that abortion – as it exists now is an industry performing traumatizing, legalized rape on women’s bodies. Resorting to abortions for birth control is shocking. We need to teach our girls that they have more value than what lies between their legs. And we need to teach our sons to respect the women in their lives and to keep the pants zipped up.
The teenagers who have had EIGHT abortions: Shocking figures show girls use ‘traumatic’ procedure as a form of contraception
Pro-life campaigners claim they are being ‘let down in an appalling way’
by Jenny Hope
May 25, 2012
Thousands of teenagers are having repeat abortions, with some undergoing at least eight terminations.
Latest figures suggest many girls are using the procedure as a form of contraception, with pro-life campaigners claiming they are being ‘let down in an appalling way’.
For one in seven teenagers who had an abortion in 2010, it was not their first.
Out of 38,269 teenagers having terminations in England and Wales, 5,300 had already had at least one, say NHS figures released under the Freedom of Information Act. Three had their eighth abortion, while another two had their seventh.
Four teenagers had a termination for the sixth time, 14 had their fifth, 57 had a termination for the fourth time and 485 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, [or] the effects that multiple abortions can have on fertility.