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Thursday, December 8, 2016
UK abortion statistics increase by nearly 4%
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¬†Pro-life organisations and representatives of the medical profession have expressed concern at abortion statistics released today, which show that the number of terminations carried out in England and Wales rose by 3.9% to 193,700 in 2006. There was also a rise in the under-16 abortion rate, to 3.9 per 1,000 women, and among under-18s to 18.2 per 1,000. Abortion has been steadily increasing since it was legalised 40 years ago - there were 22,000 terminations in 1968. The Royal College of Obstetricians said the rise was "disappointing" and showed a failure to deal with the problem of unplanned pregnancies. The abortion rate was highest, at 35 per 1,000, for women aged 19. Three out of ten terminations were carried out using an 'abortion pill'- up from 24% of the total in 2005. Some 89% of abortions were carried out at under 13 weeks gestation, with 68% carried out in the first ten weeks of a pregnancy. Two thousands abortions - 1% of the total - were carried out on the grounds that the child would be born disabled. The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) said government policy to cut waiting lists had promoted fast-track abortion, and made doctors reluctant to refer women for counselling. Paul Tully, SPUC general secretary, said: "Without positive support an abortion can seem unavoidable - but may be bitterly regretted later on. The government's approach of promoting early abortion is increasing the overall number of abortions. Gordon Brown should end the Labour Government's policy of rushing women as quickly as possible through the abortion mill in its frenzy to cut waiting times." Mr Tully also called for measures to stop teenagers being allowed to have abortions without the knowledge of their parents. Michaela Aston from Life, said: "This autumn the government will bring forward a new Human Tissues and Embryos Bill. This represents the best chance for a genuine and comprehensive parliamentary debate on the topic of abortion in almost twenty years. "In particular, MPs should be able to consider in detail all the new research on the possible consequences of abortion for women's health. One of the other great advances in recent years has been the development of 4-D ultrasound, providing amazing images of unborn children in the womb. This has helped both MPs and the general public to have a clearer idea of what we are talking about when we discuss abortion ≠ not just the disposal of a blob of cells but the end of a real human life." Ms Aston added that the continuing high rate of abortion demonstrates a great need for the kind of positive and professional caring services offered by Life. "We know from experience and from the findings of public opinion surveys that in many cases women do not want abortion, but feel that they have no other choice. There is a real need for constructive solutions to crisis pregnancy, solutions that try to tackle the issues that make their pregnancy problematic, whether they are to do with housing, financial worries or lack of family support. "The government should respond to this overwhelming demand by providing much more support to organisations such as Life. We provide important practical help for women, promoting healthy, positive solutions. Unless we undertake a thorough reappraisal of our attitude to women in crisis pregnancy, and improve the services we offer them, the abortion rate will continue to rise." Source: GovStats/SPUC/Life
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