Number of abortions in England and Wales reached ten year high in 2017

Dec 13, 2018 by

from SPUC:

There were more abortions for disability than previously thought

Revised abortion statistics published by the Department of Health and Social Care show that the number of abortions carried out in England and Wales in 2017 was the highest for ten years.

Upward trend

When the statistics were published as usual in June, the total number of abortions was given as 194,668, the highest since 2011. However, 3000 records were missing from the original publication. The new figure is 197,533, the highest since 2008.

The reporting problem was originally thought to have affected the 2016 statistics as well, but the updated report confirms that no changes needed to be made. This means that there were more than seven thousand more abortions in 2017 than 2016, an increase of 4%.

Older women having abortions

The takeaway making headlines is that over the last 10 years abortion rates have been increasing for women aged 30 and over. The abortion rate for 30-34 year olds was 18.5 per 1,000 resident women in 2017. This has increased from a rate of 15.1 per 1,000 women in 2007.

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