London teen pregnancy rate lowest but more end in abortion

hLondon has a lower level of teenage pregnancy than the rest of England but a higher proportion of those pregnancies end in abortion.

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.

Pregnancy 15-17Pregnancy 13-15The 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.

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