1-in-5: The Facts Behind The Poster

More than 200,000 babies are aborted in Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) each year. According to official statistics 1 in every 5 babies are aborted. [1][2]

In 2016, there were 750,759 births in Britain, and 202,469 abortions, with one in 5 babies having their lives deliberately ended. (see tables 2,3 below) [3]

Almost 97% of abortions that took place in 2016 were for social reasons – carried out on ‘mental health grounds’ – with only a tiny percentage carried out for any other reason. [4]

After ‘restrictive’ abortion was legalised in 1967, the number of abortions climbed very rapidly from 14,000 to more than 190,000 in England and Wales. This is the horrifying reality of abortion on demand. [5]

These days, an abortion takes place in Britain every 3 minutes. David Steel, the man who introduced the British Abortion Act of 1967, has gone on record as saying “I never envisaged there would be so many abortions”.

Simon Harris wants to legalise an even more liberal model of abortion in Ireland – abortion on demand for the first three months of the baby’s life, and then until at least 6 months on the same vague ‘health grounds’ as Britain.

1 England, 1 in 5 babies are aborted

Table 1: Abortions since 1966 in England & Wales

38% of abortions were carried out on women who had at least one previous abortion. [6]

90% of babies diagnosed with Down Syndrome are aborted in England and Wales. [7]

98% of all abortions were paid for by the taxpayer

A 2007 report found that 66 babies survived abortion in one year alone – with no record of any medical help being offered to these babies. [8]

Table 2: % of conceptions leading to legal abortion

Table 3: Percentage of all pregnancies ending in abortion

The Abortion Industry In Britain

Pre-signed abortion forms

The Care Quality Commission, the health services watchdog, has found that British doctors have been pre-signing forms authorising abortions, on mental health grounds, for women they had never met. In 2012 alone 67 doctors, at 14 locations, were found to done so[9]. Not a single one of these doctors were ever punished by the Medical Council. Not surprising when we consider that, in January 2014, that the majority of abortions are approved by doctors who have never met the women they’ve decided requires an abortion. [10]

Abortion for Profit? Choice or Coercion?

The British health service watchdog, the CQC, found that staff at Marie Stopes’s clinics were being paid bonuses if they had as few as possible women change their mind about having an abortion after visiting Marie Stopes.[11] This means that Marie Stopes’s staff made extra money for every woman they could convince that abortion was the only option available to them. The report also says that staff would contact women who had decided not to have an abortion and offer them another appointment in an attempt to convince them to proceed.

Staff also talked about how partners, parents, and other supportive people were seen as inconveniences and discouraged from attending any pre-abortion meetings.

The CQC report found that even Marie Stopes’ own staff thought the culture of Marie Stopes undermined the concept of patient choice, with little time given to discussing other options for the pregnancy. One staff member describing how Marie Stopes treated pregnant women as akin to a ‘cattle market’.

Marie Stopes are built to encourage abortion, not offer healthcare to women, and the report clearly shows that Marie Stopes wants women alone, under pressure, surrounded by people who make money only if you get an abortion, and feeling that there is no option other than to go ahead with an abortion. Is a women who deals with Marie Stopes really making an informed, reasonable choice?

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[1] Abortion Statistics, England and Wales: 2016

[2], [3] Office For National Statistics –Births in England and Wales: 2016

[4] British Department Of Health – Abortion Statistics, England and Wales: 2016

[5] Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) Opinion – The Abortion Act, 40 years on

[6] Abortion Statistics, England and Wales: 2016

[7] The National Down Syndrome Cytogenetic Register for England and Wales – 2013 Annual Report

[8] The Confidential Enquiry into Maternal and Child Health, Perinatal Mortality