UK’s largest abortion provider hails highest abortion numbers in history as ‘one of the few healthcare success stories of this pandemic’

The UK’s largest abortion provider, the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS), has declared the significant rise in the number of abortions performed so far in 2020 as “one of the few healthcare success stories of this pandemic”.

Statistics released by The Department of Health and Social Care last week revealed that 109,836 abortions were performed for English and Welsh residents in the six months between 1 January and 30 June 2020.

This is an increase of 4,296 from the same time period in 2019, when 105,540 terminations were performed.

Over the full calendar year, abortion numbers for 2019 were the highest ever recorded in England and Wales at 200,608.

In their press release on the all-time high numbers, BPAS said: “These figures illustrate that access to abortion care has been one of the few healthcare success stories of this pandemic.”

BPAS call for ‘DIY’ home abortions to be permanent

The significant rise in abortions coincides with the Government’s temporary measure allowing ‘DIY’ home abortions in the UK, earlier this year.

BPAS has now called for them to be made available on a permanent basis claiming they have become “the standard of high quality, woman-centred care in countries around the world”.

However, contrary to the claims of BPAS, significant problems and safety abuses have arisen around the introduction of ‘DIY’ home abortions in the UK.

According to a leaked “urgent email” sent by a regional chief midwife at NHS England and NHS Improvement on the “escalating risks” of ‘DIY’ home abortions, two women have died after taking ‘DIY’ home abortion pills.

The email leak also revealed police have opened a murder investigation into the death of a baby who they believe was born alive despite her mother taking ‘DIY’ home abortion pills. 

A nationwide undercover investigation found evidence of abortion providers putting women at significant risk by not carrying out basic checks before sending them ‘DIY’ home abortion pills.

A number of women have also come forward to share the serious problems they’ve experienced after taking ‘DIY’ home abortion pills.

One woman said she went through “hell” and thought she was going to die after taking the dangerous pills.

Another woman said the pain and physical process was “horrible” and “a lot worse than expected”.

Despite these concerns, BPAS may get their wish as the UK Government recently announced it will launch a consultation on whether to end the temporary measure allowing ‘DIY’ home abortions or make it permanent.

‘National tragedy’

A spokesperson for Right To Life UK, Catherine Robinson said: “The rise in abortion numbers are not a ‘success story’ or cause for celebration.

“They are a national tragedy.

“Every one of the 109,836 abortions which took place represents a failure of our society to protect the lives of babies in the womb and a failure to offer full support to women with unplanned pregnancies. 

“This year we’ve come together as a nation and made great sacrifices to protect the vulnerable from Covid-19. Sadly, at the very same time we  protected one group of vulnerable people, we as a society have also ended thousands of young vulnerable lives through abortion.

“This significant rise in abortions coincides with the temporary measures allowing ‘DIY’ home abortions in the UK. Since the UK Government permitted ‘DIY’ home abortions, stories of illegal late-term abortions and safety abuses have come to light.

“We, along with other pro-life campaigners, warned it was only a matter of time before a woman died as a result of a ‘DIY’ home abortion. Tragically, that has been the case with two women having their lives ended, along with the tens of thousands of babies losing their lives, under the Government’s home abortion scheme.

“These cases and the thirteen ongoing investigations are likely only the tip of the iceberg, given the date of the leaked email.

“Abortion providers, such as BPAS and Marie Stopes International, who want to keep ‘DIY’ home abortions on a permanent basis, are unlikely to want to reveal how many complications or serious incidents have arisen as a result of their ‘services’.

“There are also likely many more incidents that abortion providers don’t know about as the majority of women are not likely to come back and tell an abortion provider that they have broken the law using their service or weren’t even aware how far along they were, given they have not had an ultrasound.

“These ‘DIY’ home abortion schemes should be suspended immediately.”

2020 abortion numbers show drastic increase on 2019’s all-time high

There has been a significant rise in the number of abortions performed so far in 2020, compared to the already all-time high figures recorded in 2019, new statistics have revealed.

The statistics, released by the Department of Health & Social Care this morning, show that 109,836 abortions were performed for English and Welsh residents in the six months between 1 January and 30 June 2020.

This is an increase of 4,296 from the same time period in 2019, where 105,540 terminations were performed. Abortion numbers for 2019 were the highest ever recorded in England and Wales over a full calendar year, at 200,608.

However, at the current rate, 2020’s abortion numbers look set to eclipse 2019’s total.

The total number of abortions which took place in England between 1 January and 30 June 2020 were 104,604, an increase of 3,820 when compared to 100,784 in 2019.

The total number of abortions which took place in Wales between 1 January and 30 June 2020 were 5,232, an increase of 476 when compared to 4,756 in 2019.

Rise coincides with ‘DIY’ home abortion change

This significant rise in abortions coincides with the Government’s temporary measure allowing ‘DIY’ home abortions in the UK.

Since ‘DIY’ home abortions were introduced in late March, a number of significant problems have arisen.

According to a leaked “urgent email” sent by a regional chief midwife at NHS England and NHS Improvement on the “escalating risks” of ‘DIY’ home abortions, two women have died after taking ‘DIY’ home abortion pills.

The email leak also revealed police have opened a murder investigation into the death of a baby who they believe was born alive despite her mother taking ‘DIY’ home abortion pills. 

A nationwide undercover investigation found evidence of abortion providers putting women at significant risk by not carrying out basic checks before sending them ‘DIY’ home abortion pills.

It also discovered ‘DIY’ home abortion pills can easily be obtained and administered to others, potentially in a coercive manner.

In May, it was revealed UK police were investigating the death of an unborn baby after its mother took ‘DIY’ home abortion pills while 28 weeks pregnant.

In addition, abortion provider BPAS announced that it was investigating a further eight cases of women taking ‘DIY’ home abortion pills beyond the 10-week limit, raising questions over what checks are being conducted to ensure the law isn’t being broken and dangerous later-term abortions aren’t happening. 

A number of women have also come forward to share the serious problems they’ve experienced after taking ‘DIY’ home abortion pills.

One woman said she went through “hell” and thought she was going to die after taking the dangerous pills.

Another woman said the pain and physical process was “horrible” and “a lot worse than expected”.

The Government has recently announced that it will be launching a consultation on whether to end the temporary measure allowing ‘DIY’ home abortions or to make it permanent.

‘National Tragedy’

A spokesperson for Right to Life UK, Catherine Robinson said: “It is a national tragedy that 109,836 lives were lost to abortion between January and June 2020. This is 4,296 higher than the figure for the first six months of 2019, which was 105,540. The year of 2019 saw the highest number of abortions ever recorded in England and Wales, at 200,608 over the full year.

“Every one of these abortions represents a failure of our society to protect the lives of babies in the womb and a failure to offer full support to women with unplanned pregnancies. 

“This year we’ve come together as a nation and made great sacrifices to protect the vulnerable from Covid-19. Sadly, at the very same time we  protected one group of vulnerable people, we as society have also ended thousands of young vulnerable lives through abortion.

“This significant rise in abortions coincides with the temporary measures allowing ‘DIY’ home abortions in the UK. Since the UK Government permitted ‘DIY’ home abortions, stories of illegal late-term abortions and safety abuses have come to light.

“We, along with other pro-life campaigners, warned it was only a matter of time before a woman died as a result of a ‘DIY’ home abortion. Tragically, that has been the case with two women having their lives ended, along with the tens of thousands of babies losing their lives, under the Government’s home abortion scheme.

“These cases and the thirteen ongoing investigations are likely only the tip of the iceberg, given the date of the leaked email.

“Abortion providers, such as BPAS and Marie Stopes International, who want to keep ‘DIY’ home abortions on a permanent basis, are unlikely to want to reveal how many complications or serious incidents have arisen as a result of their ‘services’.

“There are also likely many more incidents that abortion providers don’t know about as the majority of women are not likely to come back and tell an abortion provider that they have broken the law using their service or weren’t even aware how far along they were, given they have not had an ultrasound.

“These ‘DIY’ home abortion schemes should be suspended immediately.”

Nearly 1 in 4 babies were aborted in England and Wales in 2018

Newly released data from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) show almost 1 in 4 of all pregnancies* ended in abortion.

There were 657,076 live births in England and Wales in 2018 according to the ONS, and 205,295 abortions over the same time period according to the Department of Health. Combining these two figures gives the total number of pregnancies* in England and Wales in 2018 of 862,371.

Therefore, 23.8% of all pregnancies* (almost one in four) in England and Wales ended in abortion. In 2012, however, 20.7% of all pregnancies ended in abortion*. The 2018 figure therefore represents an increase from approximately 1 in 5 pregnancies ending in abortion to almost 1 in 4 ending in abortion.

Compared with 1969 – the first year with complete figures for 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.

In 2018, in Northern Ireland, there were 1,097 abortions (including abortions that occurred in Northern Ireland and women that travelled to England and Wales). This figure represents less than 1 in 20 pregnancies (excluding stillbirths and natural miscarriages) ending in abortion in Northern Ireland.

However, the British Parliament in Westminster has voted to force abortion on Northern Ireland unless Stormont is able to reconvene by the 21st October. The new extreme abortion regime would permit abortion up to 28 weeks gestation for any reason, and it is likely that within a few years, the proportion of pregnancies ending in abortion in Northern Ireland will be similar to England and Wales.

Catherine Robinson, spokesperson for Right to Life UK, said:

“It is a national tragedy that almost 1 in 4 pregnancies (excluding still births and natural miscarriage) in England and Wales ended in abortion in 2018. This represents one of the highest proportions of abortions to live births since abortion was introduced in 1967 – the only year with a higher proportion was 2001 where 23.9% of all pregnancies ended in abortion.”

“Every one of these abortions represents a failure of our society to protect the lives of babies in the womb and a failure to offer full support to women with unplanned pregnancies.”

“On the other hand, these figures show the dramatic difference that laws surrounding abortion make. In 2018, for women resident in Northern Ireland, less than 1 in 20 of all pregnancies* ended in abortion (including the women who travelled to England and Wales for abortions), whereas in England and Wales, almost 1 in 4 of all pregnancies ended in abortion*.”

“If the new abortion regime that Westminster is imposing on Northern Ireland comes into force on the 21st October, there will likely be a rapid increase in the number of pregnancies ending in abortion in Northern Ireland. This will likely be made worse by the fact the law being introduced is so extreme – permitting abortion up to 28 weeks with no legal safeguards.

“Questions must be asked about why an increasing proportion of pregnant women are ending their pregnancies via abortion.”

“Proposals from abortion campaigners to remove legal restrictions around abortion and introduce abortion up to birth would likely see these numbers get even worse. The only winners in this sad state of affairs are abortion providers who can capitalise on this situation, and perhaps, are even part of the cause of it, insofar as they want ever more abortions to increase their income.”

* excluding natural miscarriage and still birth

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