Teen abortions a concern: report

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Some teenage girls in the Western Cape are having up to three abortions before the age of 18, according to a report on Thursday.

The Cape Argus newspaper reported that the standing committee on community development raised concern in Parliament on Wednesday over the number of abortions by teenagers.

The head of comprehensive health programmes in the provincial health department, Stephen Titus, told the committee that women who terminated a number of pregnancies were monitored and offered counselling.

About 12,709 abortions were carried out in 2010/2011, 1685 of them on teenagers.

Teenage births in the province dropped slightly last year to 6500, from more than 7000 a year for 2007 to 2010.

Committee chairwoman Anroux Marais said: "It's something we need to look at and do something, even if it's giving more education to those women. It really is concerning."

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