Study: Number of British women in their 40s having abortions has risen by almost a third

Anne Furedi, the chief executive of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service, told the Sunday Times, she believed the increase was as a result of women staying sexually active for longer.

She said: ‘Women in their 40s increasingly see themselves as sexual players whether or not they are in relationships – in a way that they didn’t even a decade ago.’

Most of the abortions were carried out before 12 weeks when ante-natal screening begins, suggesting they had been unplanned pregnancies.

However some of the procedures included women who had tried to get pregnant but decided to undergo a termination after being told there was a high chance of abnormalities such as Down’s Syndrome.