A quarter of all pregnancies in England and Wales now end in abortion, according to “devastating” new figures released by the Office for National Statistics.
207,000 abortions took place out of the 821,000 pregnancies in 2019 in England and Wales.
A record level of teenage abortions took place, with nearly two-thirds of pregnancies among under 16s being aborted.
The numbers increased across the board, including among women in their 30s and 40s, age groups where conception rates are higher than they were 10 years ago.
Overall, Office for National Statistics figures reveal that the increase in abortion was primarily among younger women.
It states: “The percentage of conceptions leading to a legal abortion among all women in England and Wales increased from 24 per cent in 2018 to 25.2 per cent in 2019, the second year in a row this has increased for all age groups.”
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The highest number of abortions took place in London, with 44,037 (28.1 %) of the 156,716 pregnancies there resulting in abortion.
In June, it was also revealed that the number of abortions that took place in England and Wales in 2020 was the “highest since records began”, with 210,860 unborn children being killed by abortion last year, as reported by SPUC.
A SPUC spokesperson said: “These figures are devastating. With the rise in the accessibility of abortion, these numbers do not come as a shock, but are indicative of an abortion culture that is paraded as so-called ‘healthcare’ for women.
“But abortion is not healthcare. There is never any medical justification for ending a child’s life. Moreover, there is a growing body of research detailing the damaging physical and psychological effects abortion has on women.
“When a quarter of pregnancies result in the killing of unborn babies, it ought to be obvious to any reasonable and morally-sensitive person that our society is heading in the wrong direction.”