According to a recent report by the UK’s Office for National Statistics (ONS), a new record was set last year when it was confirmed that a quarter of all pregnancies in England and Wales ended in abortion. 

On Friday, Aug. 6, the ONS published a document on the government’s website showing abortion statistics since records began in 1990. The data confirmed that 2020 set a new high, with a total of 210,860 abortions recorded out of all pregnancies. 

The increasing trend of abortions year on year is especially apparent over the last decade: “The percentage of conceptions that led to a legal abortion among all women in England and Wales increased from 24% in 2018 to 25.2% in 2019, the second year in a row that has increased for all age groups,” the report reads.

The UK Abortion Act was passed in 1967, legalizing abortion for specific medical reasons in England, Wales, and Scotland. Since then, the number of abortions has continued to rise, both in number and as a percentage of existing pregnancies.

The data also revealed that drug-induced abortions at home had become the most common termination method, accounting for almost 85% of terminations.

Pro-life groups expressed horror at the situation. “We are facing a national tragedy here,” said Michael Robinson, the Society for the Protection of the Unborn Child communications director, “This catastrophic figure shows us that abortion is becoming more and more normalized.”

This last message is directed at all those who promote the culture of abortion, who, when defending their position in countries where abortion is not yet legal, assure that the legality of abortion will not increase the number of cases. Instead they minimize it by arguing that it will simply provide a regulatory framework so that abortions do not continue to be performed clandestinely. 

According to statistics reported by the UK government, teenage abortions in England reached their highest level in history, with almost two-thirds of conceptions ending prematurely among those under 16 years of age. 

Abortion rates increased across all age ranges, including among women in their 30s and 40s, the only age groups where conception rates were higher than a decade ago. 

The latter has to do with the growing trend in which women decide to prioritize professional development, forcing them, in general, to postpone childbearing, spending their most fertile years trying to avoid pregnancy. This fact, coupled with the considerable increase in abortions, has led to a sharp drop in the overall birth rate.

As more women strive to avoid an unplanned pregnancy and knowing that no contraceptive method is 100% effective, legalizing abortion has naturalized the practice. More and more women choose to resort to abortion when matters do not go according to plan, and they become pregnant.

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