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.
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.
‘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.’