Terminations increase to 215,000 with most pronounced rise among women aged 30-34
Denis Campbell Health policy editor
Tue 21 Jun 2022
A record number of abortions took place in England and Wales last year in a trend experts said was driven by financial uncertainty caused by Covid-19.
There were 214,869 terminations during 2021, the highest number since the procedure became legal in Great Britain through the 1967 Abortion Act, the latest annual abortion statistics published on Tuesday show. Numbers have been going up every year since 2016.
THE PRESS ASSOCIATION (Jane Kirby and Ian Jones, PA)
21 June 2022
Changes to how women access abortion mean more than half of terminations are now carried out at home, new figures show.
Data from the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities reveals that 52% of all abortions in 2021 involved women taking mifepristone and misoprostol pills in their homes.
August 10, 2021
Elizabeth Chloe Romanis, Jordan A. Parsons, Thomas Hampton
As a result of the pandemic, the governments in England, Scotland and Wales temporarily relaxed abortion rules in March 2020. This means that, in every part of the UK except for Northern Ireland, people early in pregnancy can to take abortion pills at home following a telephone consultation. But with COVID restrictions largely eased across the UK, there’s uncertainty over whether this will still be allowed.
Before the pandemic, for an early medical abortion to be legal in Great Britain people had to go to a clinic where they were given two drugs – mifepristone and misoprostol. The first pill had to be taken under supervision, while misoprostol was taken later at home.
Neil Johnston, The Times
Friday August 06 2021
More than one in four pregnancies now end in abortion as more older women opt for terminations, figures show.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said
that the share of women who choose abortion is now more than a quarter for the
first time as the number rose for the second year in a row.
Increase put down to women being able to seek treatment at home and financial uncertainty
Thu 10 Jun 2021
A record number of women in England and Wales had an abortion last year, with the rise particularly among women aged 30 and over.
A total of 209,917 abortions were reported in 2020, with the numbers rising year on year and up from 207,384 in 2019. The largest increases in abortion rates by age were among women aged 30 to 34 with a rise from 16.5 per 1,000 in 2010 to 21.9 in 2020.
Katie Gibbons, The Times Friday February 19 2021
Doctors are calling for home medical abortions to be made permanently legal as figures show that allowing women to take pills in private without visiting a clinic cuts waiting times.
Temporary legislation was introduced at the beginning of the pandemic to allow women easier access to medical termination in their homes via phone and video consultations.
It's an issue currently being debated by the government
by JENNIFER SAVIN
FEB 19, 2021
A ground-breaking new study of over 50,000 medical abortions has found that the at-home option (introduced temporarily during the pandemic, for those up to 10 weeks pregnant) was not only safe and effective, but allowed more people to easily access the healthcare they required. The results of the study have been released during an especially poignant time, as the government is currently examining whether or not to make at-home abortions a permanent option in England.
The study looked at abortions carried out in England, Scotland and Wales, both before and after the pandemic, and researchers, from the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS), MSI Reproductive Choices UK and the University of Texas at Austin, say their aim was to compare the data and see how the telemedicine service compares to the services previously available.
Abortion: Wales 'needs better counselling
By Alys Davies, BBC News
Oct 12, 2020
A woman who was left alone with no support after having an abortion said the
experience was "traumatic".
Nikita Jain Jones, 31, was told there was a four-month wait for pre-abortion
counselling via her GP as she could not get a face-to-face appointment via the
British Pregnancy Advisory Service.
Decriminalising abortion is a long road. Campaigners Vicky Spratt and Diane Munday would know.
By Rachel Thompson
Jun 18, 2020
Vicky Spratt and Diane Munday are campaigning to decriminalise abortion in England, Scotland, and Wales.
Diane Munday campaigned to legalise abortion in Britain in the 1960s. Her activism has not only changed women’s lives in this country — but saved them. Along with journalist Vicky Spratt, Munday is fighting for the decrimalisation of abortion in England and Wales. Spratt has also changed the law. Her #MakeRentingFair campaign resulted in the government banning letting agency fees for tenants.
Abortions in England and Wales reach record high
Particularly sharp rise among women aged 30-34, but fewer teenagers are having procedure
Denis Campbell, Health policy editor
Published on Thu 11 Jun 2020
A record number of women in England and Wales had an abortion last year, and numbers rose particularly sharply among women aged 30 and over.
A total of 207,384 procedures were carried out, official figures show, the highest number in a year since the historic vote in 1967 to legalise abortion in Britain through the Abortion Act.