British Abortions Drop 2.5% as Fewer Teenage Girls Have Abortions

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jul 11, 2013   |   10:58AM   |   London, England

The British government has released a new report on abortions in England and Wales and the figures show a small decline in the number of babies victimized. The drop in abortions and abortion rates is attributed to a decline in the number of abortions done on teenage girls and their unborn babies.

Still, more than 185,000 unborn children died in Britain last year, in a nation with few limits on abortion and taxpayer financing of them.

From the BBC report:

Abortions carried out on women living in England and Wales fell 2.5% to 185,122 last year, Department of Health figures show.

For women aged 15-44, the abortion rate was down 5.4% to 16.5 per 1,000 women – the lowest since 1997.

From information included in abortion forms in 2012, almost half were medically-induced using drugs as opposed to surgery – similar to 2011.

Among under-18s, the abortion rate continued to fall last year.

The number of teenagers having abortions has been on a downward trend for the past five years. Between 2011 and 2012, the under-18 abortion rate fell again from 15 to 12.8 per 1,000.

The Department of Health report on the 2012 statistics said that 91% of abortions were carried out before the 13th week of pregnancy.

It also noted that fewer abortions were carried out on women from other countries, such as Ireland, than in any year since 1969.



Last year, non-residents accounted for 5,850 abortions.

But a spokesperson from ProLife Alliance said the drop was “sadly very small”.

“Once again we highlight that the majority of abortions performed in the UK are covered, read ‘hidden’ under Ground C, which covers the mental health of the pregnant woman.

“The Department of Health itself acknowledges that there are no further breakdown categories in relationship to women’s mental health available through the International Classification of Diseases, so they are unable to demand or provide any greater detail.”