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Teenage Pregnancy

Volume 226: debated on Wednesday 16 June 1993

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) births and (b) abortions took place for women aged (i) under 16 years and (ii) between 16 and 19 years in each year since 1980.

The information is shown in the table:

Live births, Stillbirths and Abortions and Conceptions in England and Wales 1980–1992
YearAgeLive birthsStillbirthsAbortionsConceptions2
1980under 161,28184,1438,580
16–1959,47350037,120108,672
1981under 161,180123,9498,561
16–1955,38044436,623106,611
1982under 161,16984,3438,999
16–1954,26638936,694104,933
1983under 161,249174,5669,369
16–1952,81038036,512102,982
1984under 161,323104,6099,649
16–1953,18538538,492108,579
1985under 161,40274,4279,406
16–1955,52735439,105109,861
1986under 161,366134,2409,194
16–1956,04035439,897109,583
1987under 161,305104,0759,135
16–1956,24031038,482114,017
1988under 161,261123,8048,782
16–1957,48032440,840111,927
1989under 161,31763,5768,382
16–1954,22631938,821109,117
1990under 161,30653,6228,634
16–1954,23532737,950106,421
1991under 161,42693,317n/a
16–1950,97026933,401
19921under 161,31411n/an/a
16–1946,547216
Conception figures for 1991 and 1992 and abortion figures for 1992 are not yet available.
1 The figures given for 1992 include 17 stillbirths of 24 to 27 weeks gestation which occurred between 1 October and 31 December. On 1 October 1992, the legal definition of a stillbirth was altered: from a baby born dead after 28 weeks of completed gestation or more, to one born dead after 24 completed weeks gestation or more.
2 The number of conceptions to girls under 16 is greater than the number of births and abortions to girls under 16, because many girls who become pregnant at age 15 will have the birth or abortion at age 16. Further, a conception in one calendar year can lead to a birth or abortion in the next calendar year.