52 years of abortion in the UK: 9,335,879 lives lost since 1967 — one unborn baby every 3 minutes

Sunday marked the 52nd anniversary of the Abortion Act receiving royal assent. Since the passing of the Act, a staggering 9,335,879* unborn babies have lost their lives to abortion — one death every three minutes; 20 lives ended every hour.

Last year, almost 1 in 4 (23.8%) of all pregnancies in England and Wales ended in abortion. The figure represents an increase from 2012 where approximately 1 in 5 (20.7%) of pregnancies ending in abortion.

Compared with 1969 – the first year with complete figures for a total number of abortions – where there were 54,819 abortions, there has been a 270% increase in the proportion of the total number of pregnancies ending in abortion in England and Wales.

Disabled unjustly targeted

In England and Wales, people with disabilities have been unjustly and disproportionately targeted by abortion legislation.

The latest available figures show that 90% of children diagnosed with Down’s syndrome before birth are aborted and that 3,269 disability-selective abortions took place in 2018. 

There is also evidence of sex-selective abortions taking place in the UK. 

Lucrative industry

Since the passing of the Act, what was once a crime has become a lucrative industry. Abortion provider Marie Stopes International’s chief executive earned £434,500 last year, according to the latest accounts released by Companies House.

The accounts also show the abortion provider had a record income of £296.8 million, receiving over £48 million in 2018 from the Department for International Development (DfID), who remain their single largest donor.

The amount that Mr Cooke was paid in 2018 would put him in the top-10 highest earners in the charity sector. 38 of MSI’s employees were paid more than £100,000. BPAS, the UK’s largest abortion provider, paid 7 of its staff over £100,000 in 2017

The Department for International Development (DfID) has increased the UK Government’s financial contributions to Marie Stopes International for overseas abortions by over 5000% in the last 12 years. The figure rose from £905,000 in 2006 to £48,173,000 in 2018. 

Financial statements for the company found in Companies House reveal that since 2006 DfID has given over £300 million worth of taxpayers’ money to Marie Stopes International, with over three-quarters of that total given between 2014 and 2018. 

Majority want safeguards for unborn babies

Opinion polls repeatedly show that the public wants increased protections for unborn babies and the number of abortions reduced – rather than the wholesale removal of legal safeguards around abortion.

Only 1% of the UK population want abortion to be available up to birth and over 70% of women want the abortion limit to be reduced to 20 weeks or lower.

Polling from earlier this year revealed that over 41% of Londoners believe abortion should be illegal in almost all circumstances.

Polling also revealed that two-thirds of women and 70% of 18-34-year-olds in Northern Ireland did not want Europe’s most extreme abortion law imposed on the province by Westminster. 

The change in law will not only likely increase the number of abortions that take place in the UK, but will allow terminations to take place for any reason, up to 28 weeks, legalising sex-selective and disability-selective abortion – including abortion for Down’s syndrome, cleft lip and club foot.

In Northern Ireland, there are an estimated 100,000 people who are alive today because of laws protecting unborn babies.

Spokesperson for Right to Life UK, Catherine Robinson said: 

“The UK’s abortion law is failing both women and unborn babies. Over 9,000,000 lives have been lost since the passing of the 1967 Abortion Act, each one a valuable human being who was denied the right to life.

“We are always looking at how we can save more lives by ensuring that protections for unborn babies are introduced and safeguards are strengthened to protect both mothers and babies.”

* This figure is a projection for England, Wales and Scotland through to midnight on 26/10/19 and has been calculated based on the following assumptions

  • The same number of abortions will take place in 2019 in England, Wales and Scotland as  2018. 
  • The rate of abortions throughout the year is evenly distributed.

41% of Londoners oppose abortion in almost all circumstances

Polling from earlier this year shows that over 41% of Londoners believe abortion should be illegal in almost all circumstances.

In a social attitudes survey in April this year a sample of over 10,000 people were asked whether they agree or disagree with the following statement:

“I believe that abortion should be illegal except in exceptional circumstances (i.e. when the mother’s health is at risk).”

41.3% of people from London surveyed said they agreed with this statement. This is more than 10% higher than the nation as a whole of which 31% agreed with the statement.

Of the age brackets surveyed, almost 40% of 18-34 year olds agreed with the statement, making them the age group with the largest percenage of people who are generally opposed to abortion.

Over 55s in Britain were least likely to agree with this statement, with less than 25% agreeing with the proposition.

Spokesperson for Right To Life UK said:

“To put this poll in perspective, 41.3% of Londoners is over 3.5 million in London alone that take a strong position on abortion. This means that there a very large core base of support for the pro-life cause in London. 

ComRes polling from 2017 showed 60% of people want the time limit for abortion to be reduced to below 20 weeks. This polling reveals further that over half of that number want abortion to be almost completely illegal.”

“Interestingly as well, the polling shows that younger generations are significantly more opposed to abortion than older generations. In which case, as time goes on, Britain should become more sympathetic to the pro-life view which recognises that the lives of both the mother and her child are important.”

Mayor of London uses Trump visit as occasion to push extreme abortion agenda

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In a two minute video for ELLE UK, Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has used Donald Trump’s visit to the UK as an opportunity to promote his own radical abortion agenda.

In relation to recent moves in Alabama and Georgia to implement strong pro-life laws which grant legal protection to unborn children, Khan laments the alleged “rolling back of the reproductive rights of women” as “some states [make] it almost impossible for women to have the right to have an abortion.”

However, there is no “right to have an abortion” at the federal level in the US and neither is there a right to an abortion in the state of Alabama. In fact, the state of Alabama has had a long standing legal precedent supporting the right to life of the unborn child, but has been unable to implement this law due to federal restrictions.

Khan goes on to mention the “consequences of women not having the right to [have an abortion]”. He does not however, mention that since abortion was made legal in the USA in 1973, over 60 million unborn US citizens have lost their lives to abortion nor does he mention the almost 9 million abortions that have taken place in the UK.

Sadiq Khan is known for his extremist abortion views through his support for the pro-abortion group Abortion Rights – a group which not only supports abortion without limit throughout all nine months of pregnancy but also organised a protest against the March for Life singing “We need abortions” drowning out Melissa Ohden, an abortion survivor, who was speaking on stage:

The Mayor of London finds himself entirely out of step with the views of those he is supposed to represent given a recent Onward poll showing that London is the most pro-life region of the country. More broadly only 1% of the population want abortion to be available up to birth and over 70% of women want the abortion limit to be reduced to 20 weeks or lower.

In response to the video, many on twitter have criticised Sadiq Kahn for claiming that his wide reaching statements on abortion represent the views and “values” of all Londoners.