Government data suggests that abortion is simply being used as a form of contraception by a growing percentage of teenagers in Britain. It also shows that dozens of girls have had three abortions or more.
The data has revealed that 89 girls aged 17 or under who terminated a pregnancy last year had at least two abortions previously.
AdvertisementAnn Furedi, the chief executive of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service, said repeated pregnancies among teenage girls were often caused by chaotic lifestyles and difficulties they had in using contraception.
"With teenage girls, often they feel able to handle sex, emotionally and physically, yet aren't able to handle the planning that comes with contraception," the Telegraph quoted her as saying.
Dr Peter Saunders, from the Christian Medical Fellowship, which represents Christian doctors, said that the figures were profoundly depressing.
"It is increasingly clear that abortion is simply being used as a form of contraception by a growing percentage of girls and women, and that tired policies of values-free sex education, condoms and morning-after pills are not working," he said.