'They called me a silly girl': Abortion stories from real women, aged 24 to 86
27 October 2017
Exactly 50 years ago today, the 1967 Abortion Act was passed. It meant that for the first time in Britain, a woman could legally have an abortion without facing life imprisonment in jail.
Millions of women have been able to have abortions since then, with one in three women today expected to have a termination in their lifetime. Last year, 190,406 abortions were carried out in England and Wales - a relatively constant figure over the last few years - on women aged 15-44.