LONDON (ChurchMilitant.com) - The number of abortions in England and Wales has hit an all-time high.
According to the United Kingdom's Department for Health and Social Care, 209,519 unborn children were deliberately killed in England and Wales in 2019, the highest number since the country's Abortion Act came into force in April 1968. Seventy-three percent of these abortions were medically induced. The numbers of abortions in Britain have been steadily rising since 2016.
The British pro-life advocacy group, "Society for the Protection of Unborn Children," (SPUC) is calling the surge a "national tragedy."
Antonia Tully, Director of Campaigns at SPUC, lamented the new number. "We are looking at a national tragedy here," she said. "This appalling figure shows us that abortion is becoming more and more normalized."
"Propaganda telling women that abortion is 'simple and safe' coupled with easier access to abortion pills is driving up abortion numbers," she continued. "But behind the figures are real women who have taken an irreversible step and who are likely to be suffering physically or emotionally."
Tully blasted the government's decision to allow at-home, pharmaceutical abortions during the Wuhan virus shutdown.
"The lockdown measure to allow DIY home abortions is compounding the myth that abortion is a normal and easy thing to do. It isn't. Women deserve the truth about the harm that abortion can do to them," Tully asserted. "Agencies such as ARCH (Abortion Recovery Care and Helpline) can help heal the wounds of abortion in both women and men. Nothing can bring back a dead baby."
Women living in the poorest areas in England and Wales were more likely to have abortions than women living in the least-deprived areas. As is the case in the United States, the black community has a disproportionately greater number of prenatal murders than areas of ethnic majority within the U.K.
The most recent census from England and Wales reported that while 3.4% of the population is black, 8% of women presenting themselves for abortion in England and Wales recorded their ethnicity as black.
Key events in the history of legal abortion in the UK: