Report Says Abortions Hit a Record High During Covid in UK

In England and Wales, abortions gained another all-time high last year.

In 2021, nearly 2,15,000 terminations were carried out, up 2% from the year before, media reports say.

‘The pandemic, and the policies adopted by the Government in response, have had a clear impact on women’s pregnancy choices.’

According to the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities report, more than half were carried out at home, reports the Daily Mail.

Abortions in United Kingdom

The report also highlighted the popularity of the ‘pills by post’ service, which was set up at the start of the pandemic so that women unable to see doctors in person could still access early medical abortions.

Ministers wanted to axe the scheme this summer but their plans were defeated, the report said.

Clare Murphy, head of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS), suggested the policy may have had a role in last year’s record abortion numbers.

Source: IANS


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