This is an increase of 17% over the previous year. Half were early medical abortions at home, a practice only legalised in the UK after the pandemic.
This year the theme of the march was '10 million too many', a reference to the number of abortions carried out in the UK since the approval of the Abortion Act in 1967.
There were 107 legal abortions in 2021, 90% less than the previous year. “The biggest problem now is illegal abortions using pills”, pro-life groups warn.
Official data show that 53% were fully performed at home. The government is planning to make those abortions permanent, like in England and Wales.
The amendment that allows to take all abortion pills at home within the first 10 weeks passed by 215 votes to 188. “It will have dire consequences for women”, evangelicals say.
Prior to the march itself, a ‘LifeFest 21’ event took place, with testimonies, children activities and workshops.
There were over 210,800 abortions. The abortion rate for women aged under 18 decreased but has increased for those over 35.
“86% of GPs worried about women having a medical abortion past the legal limit or being coerced”, a poll finds. “The government has chosen to abandon woman to DIY abortion”.
A public consultation of the UK government asks whether to make early medical abortion at home permanent. “It puts women at risk and further liberalises abortion practice”.
The eased regulations announced by the government during the Covid-19 pandemic are likely to increase the number of abortions in 2020.
“Every individual has the fundamental right to choose to have an abortion”, the Reproductive Health Act says. Pro-life groups denounce it is “an extreme Bill”.
“The psychological fallout from medical abortions completed at home can be severe”, Philippa Taylor of the Christian Medical Fellowship says.