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Total Number of Abortions in Britain passes eight million

The number of abortions has risen to more than 8 million in Great Britain since the practice was legalised, according to the latest Department of Health statistics.   By 2013, there had been 8,120,818 abortions in England, Wales and Scotland since 1968, when the Abortion Act came into force. 4


In 2013, there was a total of 202,577 abortions performed in the UK.  During the year, 802 women from Northern Ireland and 3,679 from the Irish Republic travelled for abortion on the mainland.  

27% of abortions for residents of England and Wales were carried out on women who had already had at least one abortion. 459 of these had already had five or more previous abortions and 49 women were having at least their ninth abortion.  788 girls aged 17 or under who had an abortion in 2013 had already had a previous abortion. 5

Responding to the statistics, Labour MP Jim Dobbin said: “Why, in a country which apparently abhors abortion being used as a method of contraception, do the figures for repeat abortions keep rising? The UK is a rogue state when it comes to abortion.”

Fiona Bruce, the Conservative MP and chair of an all-party group on abortion on disability grounds, said: "Rather than providing for abortion in exceptional circumstances as originally intended by the Abortion Act, these figures show a concerning and increasing trend of abortion sadly being used as a lifestyle choice or as a substitute for contraception.” 6

The qualification of “exceptional circumstances” is clearly ignored today as indicated by Ann Furedi, chief executive of the UK’s biggest abortion provider, the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS).  She  said, “There is no right or wrong number of abortions, simply that any woman who needs an abortion is able to obtain one.”

Ms Furedi  is dismissive of moral arguments against the killing of the unborn, referring to these as “politicising abortion”.  She says, “One in three women will have an abortion ….. We should stop politicising abortion and accept that it is a standard part of women’s healthcare.”

Of 185,331 abortions for England and Wales residents, 98% were funded by the NHS.

4 http://www.christian.org.uk/news/over-8-million-abortions-since-1967-act-new-stats-show/

5 http://www.imagenet.org.uk/factsheets_abortion.html

6 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/10895765/Lifestyle-abortions-warning-as-serial-termination-numbers-surge.html

JULY 2014

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