The British government tried to keep a lid on it but the Sunday Times pressed the point and finally got access to what the bureaucrats at the Department of Health had been hiding; namely, the news that girls as young as 12 were having abortions.
While this alarming tragedy has enraged and saddened citizens across Great Britain, the reaction of the so-called "family planning" establishment is all too typical.
Explains the Times, "While some doctors reacted with sadness to the figures, family planning experts said society needed to “stop being shocked” that children were having sex and becoming pregnant.
Ann Furedi, chief executive of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service, which runs a chain of abortion clinics, said: “This is a tiny number of girls. Children grow up very quickly in our society. They are maturing faster physically, psychologically and socially, and society just has to come to terms with that."