Abortions in England and Wales at Highest Rate in 10 Years

England and Wales experienced the highest rate of abortions in a decade in 2018, according to recently released findings by the U.K.’s Department of Health & Social Care.

In a report titled “Abortion Statistics, England and Wales: 2018” that was released last week, the government found that there were approximately 205,000 abortions performed in England and Wales last year, with 200,000 of them being for residents of the two countries.

The statistic represented an abortion rate of 17.4 per 1,000 women and girls aged 15-44, making it the highest number of abortions since 2007, which had a rate of 17.9 abortions per 1,000 women and girls.

The report also found that 39% of women who had an abortion in 2018 had had at least one previous abortion, which was part of a steady increase since 2008, when 33% of women undergoing abortions had already had one or more previous abortions.

Data for the report was drawn from abortion notification forms, also known as HSA4 forms, that were submitted by clinics and hospitals to the Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health & Social Care.

Other findings for 2018 included 81% of abortions being performed on single women, abortions performed 24 weeks or later into a pregnancy represented 0.1% of the reported procedures, and a decline in the number of women younger than 18 seeking abortions.

“The decline is particularly marked in the under-16 age group where the rates are less than a third of what they were in 2008,” according to the report.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski