Teenage pregnancy is on a downward trend for both 15-17 year-olds and the 13-15 age group. Urbs analysis of the data gathered by the Office for National Statistics shows that for 15-17 year olds it went down by 46% from 2009 to 2013, and by 40% for the younger group. The rates for London are a below the national average, and declining at the same rate.
The abortion rate for 13-15 year-olds is 69% in London compared to 61% nationally. In the older group the difference is more marked, 62% in London, which is about a fifth higher than the average for England.
Across London the conception rate varies widely.
For 15-17 year-olds in Barnet it is 13 per 1000. In Barking and Dagenham it is 3 times higher. The rate of abortion in Barnet is 69% and in Barking and Dagenham it is 59%. The data for 2011-13 suggests that boroughs with the higher pregnancy rates tend to have a lower proportion ending in abortion.