UK Abortion Act anniversary today

UK Abortion Act anniversary today

It is a sobering day today, because today marks the 55th anniversary of the UK Abortion Act coming into effect in 1968 – six months after it received Royal Assent.  

Since then, a staggering 10,135,618 unborn babies have lost their lives to abortion across England, Wales, and Scotland.

Every one of these abortions represents a collective failure of our society to protect the lives of babies in the womb and a failure to offer full support to women with unplanned pregnancies.

The number of abortions in England and Wales has reached a record high with 214,869 taking place in 2021, while 13,758 terminations were performed in Scotland in the same year.

This figure means that, across England, Scotland and Wales, in 2021, more than one baby was lost to abortion every two and a half minutes; 26 lives were ended every hour.

This significant rise in abortions in England and Wales has accompanied the first full year that ‘DIY’ home abortion services have been operating in England and Wales. Since ‘DIY’ home abortions were introduced, a number of significant problems have arisen.

Abortion statistics released by the Department of Health and Social Care show that in England and Wales, there was a total of 214,869 abortions in 2021, an increase of 4,009 abortions from 2020 when there were 210,860 abortions. This is the highest ever number on record.

Who would the ten million be today?

At 11.41am on Friday 23 September 2022, it was projected that the ten millionth baby had their life ended by abortion since the Abortion Act came into effect in England, Scotland and Wales on 27 April 1968.

- About 500,000 of them would be in their 50s by now.

- There would be nearly 2,000,000 each in their 20s, 30s and 40s.

- 1,500,000 would now be teenagers.

- Nearly 2,000,000 would be children.

- 800,000 would currently be babies and toddlers.

- 5,000,000 would be women or girls, sisters, daughters, aunts, mothers and grandmas. Some of their most common names would be Emily, Jenny, Sarah, Emma and Olivia.

- Of the men and boys, the most common names would be Mike, Chris, Matt, Jake and Josh.

- About 3,300,000 would love Marmite, about 3,300,000 would hate it, and the remainder wouldn’t have minded either way.

- There would have been 2,900,000 more weddings and millions more couples would be in love.

While we pause to commemorate this tragedy, this day also serves as a call to action for people around the country to renew their efforts to do everything they can to help ensure more lives are saved from abortion in the future