“Women should not be facing the mental anguish that accompanies self-administered medical abortions, nor any abortion for that matter.”
The 2018 Abortion Statistics, published today by the Department of Health and Social Care, show that 205,295 unborn babies were killed by abortion last year.
The total is just short of the highest on record (205,598 in 2007), but the number of abortions performed on women resident in England and Wales is 200,608, the most ever recorded.
Increase in medical abortions shows abortion ideology is triumphing over women’s health
One noticeable trend in the statistics is the sharp increase in abortions carried out using pills (so-called medical abortions). 71% of abortions were medically induced, higher than in 2017 (66%), and almost double the proportion in 2008 (37%). The proportion of medical abortions has almost doubled in the last ten years from 37% in 2008, and since 2014, medical abortions have been the most common method of abortion.
Calling this trend alarming, SPUC’s Antonia Tully said that medical abortion is being pushed for ideological reasons.
“Abortion pills are presented as a safe and simple solution (often by researchers with close links to the abortion industry), however they are often harmful to women,” she said. “Common side-effects include vomiting, severe pain and excessive bleeding. A recent Swedish study of women who had an early medical abortion at home found that 26% of women bled for more than four weeks.”
The complication rate for medical abortions this year is 3 times that of surgical (253 to 83). The overall rate of 1.7 complications per 1000 abortions has continued to climb from 1.6 in 2017 and 1.5 in 2008.