The rate of abortion for women under 18 has halved in the past five years. Figures from the Department of Health for 2009 to 2014 show that termination rates are down for all age groups except 18-19 year olds.
In 2014, 13 women in every 1,000 under 18 underwent an abortion. That is down from 26 in 1,000 in 2009. The reduction is less steep in other age groups, but rates for over 35s have nearly halved too.
The highest rate of abortion is for women 20-24, which has fallen back slightly to 37 per 1000. The rate for the 18-19 age group increased to 32 per 1000 women compared to 23 in 2009.
In total, 46,718 legal abortions were carried out in the city in 2014. The under 18s make up 1,784 of that number. The largest group by number is the 25-29 year-olds with 11,507 abortions.
Despite the reduction in rates for most age groups London still has the highest rate of abortion in England with an average of 21.8 per 1000 women compared to 16.6 for the whole country. The rate varies across London. Only 4 boroughs are below the national average – Wandsworth, Kingston, Camden and Richmond, which has the lowest rate.
Barking and Dagenham, in the east of the city, has a rate of 31.2 women per 1,000, nearly twice the national average. The rate is also high in neighbouring Newham and in Waltham Forest.