In England and Wales, abortion rates rose to an all-time high last year.
In 2021, nearly 2,15,000 terminations were made, up 2% from the previous year, media reports said.
‘The pandemic, and the policies the Government has put in place in response, has had a clear impact on women’s choice to get pregnant.’
More than half are done at home, the Daily Mail reports.
Abortion in the UK
The report also highlights the popularity of the ‘medicine by mail’ service, which was set up at the start of the pandemic so women who couldn’t see a doctor in person could still have medical abortions. Soon.
The report said ministers wanted to cancel the plan this summer but their plan was defeated.
Clare Murphy, head of the UK Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS), suggests that the policy may have played a role in last year’s record number of abortions.