Horrific: One in four pregnancies in England and Wales end in abortion

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Horrific: One in four pregnancies in England and Wales end in abortion

Women in the United Kingdom are having a record number of abortions, almost a quarter of pregnancies resulting in a termination, new figures revealed this week. Some 24 per cent of expectant mothers had termination in England and Wales in 2018, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

At the same time, the conception rate tumbled to its lowest level since 2004 - with the only increase among women aged 40 and above. Teen pregnancies also fell to a record low, with the number of women aged under 18 becoming pregnant falling by more than 60 per cent in the past two decades.

ONS statistician David Corps said: 'In 2018, the conception rate in England and Wales fell to its lowest level since 2004, while the proportion that led to a legal abortion increased to its highest point since records began in 1990.

'Although conception rates for women under 18 years have more than halved in the last decade, they remain twice as high in more deprived areas of England than less deprived areas. 

'However, analysis shows that a smaller proportion of these conceptions lead to abortions for under 18s living in more deprived areas.'

The percentage of conceptions leading to a legal abortion among all women resident in England and Wales increased from 22.7 per cent in 2017 to 24.0 per cent in 2018.

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