Brutal evidence of austerity in England & Wales as abortion rate soars 40% higher than in Scotland



Why choose that happy face photograph?

We’ve seen other indicators of the effects of Scottish Government policies to reduce the impact of Tory austerity here.

New pregnancy and baby payments to offset Tory austerity in Scotland

Scottish NHS performance holding up despite massive increase in demand and Tory austerity cuts

Against the odds: Evidence of how SNP policies have defended Scotland against a least some of Tory austerity

The level of abortion, like the level of mental health referrals, of stillbirths and of violent crime tell you things are not going well in a society.

In Scotland:

‘A total of 12,212 pregnancies were terminated last year, up 106 on 2016. The figures mean there was a rate of 11.8 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15-44 in 2017.’

In England and Wales:

‘There were 192,900 terminations in England and Wales last year – up four per cent from 2016 and the highest since 2008. Researchers warned the combination of cuts to benefits and sexual health services had led to increasing numbers of women choosing terminations. Figures reveal there were 16.7 abortions per every 1,000 women last year. Over the last decade, abortion rates have been decreasing for under-25s, though there has been a rise for over-30s.’



2 thoughts on “Brutal evidence of austerity in England & Wales as abortion rate soars 40% higher than in Scotland

  1. Alasdair Macdonald December 13, 2018 / 3:50 pm

    The Scottish rate is up by less than 1%. What was the population increase rate for child-bearing age women over the last year?

    I think we also need to bear in mind that much of the mainstream media tend towards the ‘pro-life’ side of the debate and that, too, will be a factor in the negative spin.

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