A recent article in the Journal of Adolescent Health has called for more support to be available to prevent unwanted teen pregnancies.
This has come shortly after the Office of National Statistics (ONS) revealed approximately 1 in 4 teenagers presenting an abortion have already had the procedure carried out at health services before.
It was also found that over the last 20 years the number of women in England and Wales who have had an abortion to an unwanted pregnancy has increased by 33%.
However, the journal that the majority of this increase occurred before 2004, with figures stabilising thereafter to 2013.
In 2013, 22.9% of teenagers who had an abortion has at least one previous pregnancy (either a birth or an abortion).
Less than 5% of this figure had more than one previous pregnancy.
These statistics were taken from data collected by ONS and the Department of Health, on women under the age of 20 years old, from 1992 to 2013.
In the conclusion of the research article it states: “Greater policy emphasis must be placed on the accurate identification of the proportion of teenage pregnancies that occur as a result of a subsequent pregnancy and developing more effective “secondary prevention” interventions to help the first-time pregnant and parenting teenagers manage their future reproductive lives and prevent further unplanned pregnancies.”