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Last Updated: Thursday, 21 June 2007, 18:15 GMT 19:15 UK
Termination rate remains steady
Guernsey's Abortion Law has been hailed as a major piece of social progress by the island's director of public health.

Dr David Jeffs said the number of women having terminations had not risen since 1996 when the law was introduced.

The island's abortion rate is about two-thirds of that in England and Wales. In addition fewer women are having more than one a termination.

But Dr Jeffs said better contraceptive advice should be provided and more done to deter multiple abortions.

Counselling support

He said 135 terminations had been carried out in 2005. Nine of these were performed off-island, with the remainder taking place in Guernsey.

Dr Susan Wilson, an island GP, has called for more emphasis on counselling.

The doctor, who is also a member of the Guernsey Life Group, said although she believed abortion was wrong, any woman who undergwent a termination deserved proper support.

The number of abortions carried out in England and Wales rose by nearly 4% to 193,700 in 2006.


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