THE rate of abortions in Scotland fell to its lowest level for more than a decade last year.

A total of 11,777 terminations were carried out in 2013, a rate of 11.2 per 1,000 women aged 15-44, official health statistics show.

It is the lowest abortion rate since 2002, when the rate was 11.1, and continues the downward trend since 2008, when abortion rates peaked at 13.3.

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The highest abortion rate was recorded in NHS Tayside at 12.9, closely followed by NHS Lothian and NHS Fife, both with a rate of 12.5.

The lowest rate was recorded by the island health boards — Orkney, Shetland and Western Isles — at 5.2 and the lowest mainland board was Highland at 8.8.