The number of women having abortions between the ages of 25 and 29 has risen 20 percent in the past ten years. The Daily Mail reported:
Commenting on the figures, the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (bpas) suggested the increase in the 25-29 age bracket may 'reflect the ongoing trend towards women postponing motherhood until they feel in the position to become a parent'.
The average age of first time motherhood in the UK is now over 28, the highest in the developed world.
It's becoming far more common for women to postpone motherhood in the United States as well. There are far more women becoming first-time mothers after the age of the 35, often due to their desire to put their career first at least through their twenties.
Though the British Department of Health's statistics show that abortion in England and Wales has fallen to its lowest level in 16 years, the reasons for abortions in this "career girl" category in any country are all the more selfish. Though there is never a good reason for abortion, many poorer women may abort for financial reasons. However, these young professionals cannot even claim that excuse - they are choosing to put their own jobs and ambitious desires first, despite the fact that their jobs render them financially able to care for a child.
In fact, many of these women in Britain are in stable relationships and are often married. Almost 70 percent of women in England and Wales last year who had an abortion had husbands or were in a long-term relationship. A stable household is the best environment for a baby - but women are using abortion as just another form of contraception.
As women experience pressure to succeed in the work environment, it's imperative for them to remember that while careers can rise and fall, bringing a newborn baby into the world will leave a lasting impact on them for the rest of their lives.