UK reaches highest ever number of abortions in 2020

Jul 22, 2021 by

from Evangelical Focus:

There were over 210,800 abortions. The abortion rate for women aged under 18 decreased but has increased for those over 35.

According to the latest data from the UK Government as of 12 July 2021, there were 210,860 abortions in England and Wales in 2020.

“The vast majority (209,917) were to residents of England and Wales. This represents an age-standardised abortion rate (ASR) of 18.2 per 1,000 resident women aged 15 to 44. exceeding the previous peak in 2019, (18.0 abortions per 1,000 resident women)”, they said.

This is the highest rate recorded since the Abortion Act was introduced in 1967.

The abortion rate for women aged under 18 decreased compared to 2019 (from 8.1 to 6.9 per 1,000 between 2019 and 2020) but has increased for women over 35 (from 9.7 to 10.6 per 1,000).

Most of the abortions (81%) of were for single women, “a proportion that has remained roughly constant for the last 10 years”. 51% were to women whose marital status was given as single with a partner.

Under the Abortion Act 1967, there are several statutory grounds for abortion. In 2020, 98.1% of abortions were performed under ground C, which is “when continuing a pregnancy would present a threat to the woman’s physical or mental health”.

A further 1.5% were carried out under ground E (because of foetal abnormality) and 0.4% under ground D, “when pregnancy has not exceeded its 24th week and the continuance of the pregnancy would involve risk to the physical or mental health of any existing child(ren) of the family of the pregnant woman”.

Furthermore, 99% of abortions in England & Wales were funded by the NHS and 42% of women undergoing abortions had had one or more previous abortions.

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