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.
MPs bring bill to ban late abortions for cleft lip, cleft palate and clubfoot
Cross-party group proposes ending UK abortions after 24 weeks for minor disabilities
Published on Thu 28 May 2020
A cross-party group of MPs are seeking to change Britain’s abortion laws to ban late terminations that are carried out on the grounds of minor physical abnormalities.
The abortion (cleft lip, cleft palate and clubfoot) bill, which is led by the Conservative MP Fiona Bruce and supported by 13 MPs, will be presented in parliament on 3 June.
Abortion Support Network expands service to Malta and Gibraltar (Press Release)
Published on February 14, 2019
In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, ASN brings the gift of confidential, non-judgemental information and funding for abortion costs to new countries
Roses are Red, Violets are Blue
Ireland has safe legal abortion
So we’re expanding to help Malta and Gibraltar too!
Abortion Support Network (ASN), a small UK-based charity providing financial assistance, practical information and accommodation to those living in countries with restrictive abortion laws, announced today that it has launched its service to people resident in Malta and Gibraltar. As of today, anyone in those countries will be able to ring the ASN helpline, visit the ASN website or send an email and receive confidential, non-judgmental information about the least expensive way to arrange abortion and travel, clinics that ASN works with in several EU countries, and, where necessary, receive financial help towards the cost of travelling from your home country and paying privately to access a safe, legal abortion.
Currently Malta is the only country in Europe where abortion is completely against the law, whereas the law in Gibraltar allows abortion to save a woman’s life.
Apprehension on all sides before launch of Irish abortion services
Legislation and logistics have been fast-tracked to turn last May’s vote into reality
Rory Carroll Ireland correspondent
Tue 1 Jan 2019
Ireland is poised to roll out its first regular abortion services in the coming weeks in the wake of the referendum vote to lift the country’s near-total ban on abortion.
Politicians and officials fast-tracked legislation and logistical preparations to turn last year’s landslide vote in favour of liberalisation into reality for women who wish to terminate pregnancies.
Calls for abortion clinic buffer zones rejected
13 September 2018
Calls for buffer zones to be introduced outside abortion clinics to stop patients being harassed have been rejected by Home Secretary Sajid Javid.
He said such protest-free areas around clinics in England and Wales "would not be a proportionate response".
A Home Office review found cases of harassment and damaging behaviour but they were "not the norm", he added.
ABORTION PILL HORROR Former Aberdeen student reveals her agony at having an abortion in the back of a taxi – and she’s not the only one faced with this horrific ordeal
Claudia, 23, had no choice but to go through an abortion in the back of a cab. -but she's not the only one
By Zoe Apostolides
10th July 2018
BENT double in the back of a cab with agonising cramps and feeling herself starting to bleed is not how Claudia expected her abortion to happen.
A student in her final year at Aberdeen University, Claudia, now 23, made the tough decision to terminate her pregnancy at seven weeks last year – but was forced to go through the trauma of starting to bleed on her way home from the hospital in the back of a stranger’s taxi.
Wales to allow women to take second abortion pill at home
Women in Wales will be allowed to take the second medication needed in a medical termination to be taken at home.
Friday 29 June 2018
By Sanya Burgess, news reporter
Wales is to allow women to take the abortion pill at home to avoid bleeding and pain in public. The change in the rules will allow women to take the second abortion pill at home, announced Welsh Health Secretary Vaughan Gething.
Guidance will be issued to health boards in Wales today to allow misoprostol, the second medication needed in a medical termination, to be self-administered at home.
Women in their 30s are behind first surge in abortion rates in six years, as generation faces growing pressure over their careers
- More than a third of abortions last year were carried out for women over 30
- Teenage abortion has plunged alongside the rapid drop in teen pregnancies
- The increase in abortion levels among older women points to growing pressure on a generation of women over careers
By Steve Doughty for the Daily Mail
Published: 7 June 2018
The number of abortions in England and Wales is rising for the first time in six years, pushed up by a surge in terminations for older women.
More than a third last year were carried out for women over 30, and there were nearly three times as many abortions among over-30s as there were for teenagers.
Teenage abortion numbers have plunged alongside the rapid drop in teen pregnancies over the past decade.
Without At-Home Abortion Pills, Women Risk Miscarrying In Public
Wales announced plans to follow Scotland and allow women to take the second abortion pill at home - when will the rest of the UK join?
By Rachel Moss
Beth Redmond, 25, from Merseyside, was in her first year of university when she became pregnant and decided to have an abortion. Miles from home, with no close friends and family nearby, she was forced to pay someone from her course, whom she barely knew, £20 to drive her the 45-minute journey to the abortion clinic, because her doctor had advised her against taking public transport.
As soon as Beth left the clinic her miscarriage symptoms began, she experienced pain and heavy bleeding. “It was like period pain but 10 times worse, and with the added anxiety of being in a near stranger’s car, for 45 minutes,” she tells HuffPost UK. “I crawled from the car to my room and stayed there for a couple of days.”
This Is Why Women In England Can't Take Abortion Pills At Home
In England it is illegal to take abortion pills at home. This has nothing to do with clinical advice and everything to do with politics, say experts.
by Vicky Spratt
18 04 2018
Across the United Kingdom (with the exception of Northern Ireland) abortion has been legal since the 1967 Abortion Act came into force. However, many experts argue that it’s still not as accessible as it could be.
When Sarah (not her real name) was 16 she accidentally became pregnant and decided to have an abortion. At the time, she was living in a commuter belt town where South London meets the Surrey Hills. She recalls how her GP referred her to a London clinic for a medical abortion (which involves taking pills as opposed to undergoing a surgical procedure).