UK Abortion Statistics - 97% Mental Health grounds , 38% repeat abortions
Abortion was first introduced to the UK on 27th April 1968 when the Abortion Act came into effect . That year recorded 23,641 abortions , by 1972 the figure had exceeded 150 thousand abortions per year and by 2006 it had exceeded 200 thousand per year
In 2016 , figures from the UK's Department of Health show that 190,406 abortions took place in England and Wales , of which 185,596 were to residents of England and Wales.
There were 4,810 abortions performed on non-residents the lowest in any year since 1969 .
The number of Irish people travelling to the UK for abortions has fallen steadily over the years with 3,265 in 2016 , down from 3,451 in 2015 , and 3,754 in 2014 .
Irish People Abortions UK
Mental Health Grounds
In 2016, 97% of abortions (180,794) were undertaken under ground C which states :
"The pregnancy has not exceeded its twenty-fourth week and that the continuance of the pregnancy would involve risk, greater than if the pregnancy were terminated, of injury to the physical or mental health of the pregnant woman " - ground C
99.8% of abortions carried out under ground C were reported as being performed because of a risk to the woman’s mental health. These were classified as F99 (mental disorder, not otherwise specified)
There were 21,951 ground C abortions that did not have any record of whether there was or was not a risk to a woman’s mental health .
1.7% of abortions or 3,208 cases were undertaken under ground E - Fetal Abnormalities which states :
"There is substantial risk that if the child were born it would suffer from such physical or mental abnormalities as to be seriously handicapped" - ground E
Chromosomal abnormalities were reported as the principal medical condition for just over a third (37%; 1,187) of ground E cases.
Down’s syndrome was the most commonly reported chromosomal abnormality 22% or 706 in total .
In 1990 , Time restrictions on ground E abortions were lifted completely allowing for abortion at any stage .
Age breakdown and repeat abortions
In 2016 , women in their 20s accounted for 96,646 abortions or 52% of all abortions in England and Wales , women in their 30s accounted for 56,088 abortions or 30% , under 18s accounted for 4.7% of abortions .
38% of women had previous abortions .The proportion has risen from 32% in 2006
Thirteen per cent of women under 20 who had an abortion in 2016, had had one or more previous abortions.
For women aged 35 and over who had an abortion in 2016, 46% had previously had one or more abortions
Those reported as being Black or Black British had the highest repeat abortion rate with 48% having had previous abortions , 32% had one previous, 11% had 2 and 5% had 3 previous abortions .
Method of Abortion
The most common method of abortion in 2016 for England and Wales was Medical 62% vs Surgical 38% .
Complications were reported in 294 cases resulting in 1 woman's death .
206 Complications arose in Medical type abortions and 88 out of Surgical .
In 2016, there were 141 abortions which involved selective terminations . The number of selective terminations has increased from 72 in 2011 to 141 in 2016 .
In 92 cases, two fetuses were reduced to one fetus. In 33 cases, three fetuses were reduced to two fetuses and in 11 cases three fetuses were reduced to one fetus. Over three quarters (78%) of the selective terminations were performed underground E.
Department of Health Abortion Statistics England and Wales 2016
Department of Health Abortion Statistics England and Wales 2015
Department of Health Abortion Statistics England and Wales 2014
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