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Women have abortions for all kind of reasons. Having an abortion is a very personal decision, so the reasons why one woman decides to end her pregnancy may cause another to choose adoption while a third will decide to raise the child herself.
Abortions in the UK can be carried out for five main reasons according to the law. Four of these are only rarely cited as the main reason, although multiple reasons are often given:
The fifth reason therefore accounts for almost 97% of all abortions in the UK. It enables women to access terminations before 24 weeks if continuing the pregnancy poses a greater risk to their physical or mental health than if they end it. In this case, the effects do not have to be grave or permanent.
Pregnancy, labour and parenthood can affect a woman’s life in all kinds of ways. Women have many different concerns during pregnancy, especially when it was unplanned. Here are some of the reasons why women may decide to have an abortion in order to protect their own wellbeing: