Abortions surge past record 250,000 in a single year, with experts blaming cost of living crisis forcing women to terminate pregnancies ‘for purely financial reasons’

(Dailymail. Gemma Collins).

A record 252,122 abortions were recorded in England and Wales in 2022, with Britain’s cost of living crisis to blame, according to charities. This figure is about 17 per cent higher than the previous year, itself another record breaker since the Abortion Act was introduced in the 60s. It’s equivalent to one in every 50 women in England and Wales between the age of 15 to 44 having a termination. Women aged 22 were the most likely to have an abortion in 2022, at almost 38 terminations, per 1,000 women nearly double the national average. Charities said the ‘unprecedented’ spike in pregnancies in ending termination was the cost of living making it unaffordable for many women to have a child. Heidi Stewart, chief executive of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS), which provides abortion said: ‘No woman should have to end a pregnancy she would otherwise have continued purely for financial reasons. 

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