UK – ‘Extortionate’ childcare costs pushing women to have abortions as terminations rise to record levels

Exclusive: Six in 10 women who have had an abortion said the cost of childcare put them off pregnancy

Maya Oppenheim, Women’s Correspondent
May 29, 2023

A woman who had an abortion because she couldn’t afford another child is one of a growing number of parents terminating pregnancies because of financial pressures.

Leila*, a mother-of-one who works in the financial industry, told The Independent the staggering cost of childcare was one of the main drivers behind her decision to end her pregnancy in April 2021.