WOMEN in the borough had the fewest number of abortions in Cheshire and Merseyside last year.
Figures just released by the Government Statistical Service show the total number of terminations carried out in 2004 was 185,400 - a rise of 2.1% on the previous year.
But in Ellesmere Port & Neston 214 operations were performed, the lowest number of any area in the two counties.
The figure was close to being the lowest in the North West, with only rural areas of Lancashire recording lower totals.
Nationally, the rate was 17.8 per 1,000 resident women aged 15-44. In this area the comparative figure was 15.
Nineteen of the terminations locally were carried out on women under 18. This was slightly higher than the national rate of 17.8.
The highest number of abortions in Ellesmere Port & Neston was in the 18-19 age category, which saw 38 terminations.
There were 28 abortions in the 20-24 age group, 17 in the 25-29 group, nine in the 30-34 group and five in the 35+ group.
Most terminations - 61 - were carried out at between four and nine weeks of preg-nancy, 29 at 10-12 weeks and 10 at 13+ weeks.