Summary: In Ireland, Teen Girls Who Lose Their Virginity By age 17 Are More Likely to Have an Abortion later in Life.

The age of the girl when she first has sex is  associated with the likelihood of her choosing abortion.

An Irish study by the Crisis Pregnancy Agency found that women who had vaginal sex before they were 17 years old, were nearly 3 times more likely to experience an abortion than those who waited to have sex until they were older. Young women and those who are not in a formalized relationship are also more likely to have an abortion during their life.  In addition, older age at crisis pregnancy is associated with a greater likelihood of becoming a parent. [1]

[1] The Irish Study of Sexual Health and Relationships, Crisis Pregnancy Agency, October 2006

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