Effect of legislation on abortion rate

28Apr18

Below is a letter written in response to an article in the Irish Independent. The article said that ‘Restrictions don’t reduce abortion rate’ and can be viewed here: https://www.independent.ie/opinion/letters/restrictions-dont-reduce-abortion-rate-36807896.html

Dear Sir

The issue of abortion has long been be-devilled by distorted statistics.   Prior to the passing of the Abortion Act 1967, it was being widely promoted that 100,000 illegal abortions were taking place each year in the UK.

Such was the misinformation that the Royal College of  Obstetricians and Gynaecologists reported that, in fact, based on hard evidence, there were perhaps 14,600 abortions carried out in the year prior to the Act passing into law and since legalizing the act, there are now on average 196,000 abortions carried out each year in the UK according to Government figures for 2014.

The evidence clearly shows that the passage of the Abortion Act has indeed lead to a massive increase in abortions.   It has remained stubbornly high for the 45 subsequent years, leading to around 8.2 million abortions in the U.K.   That’s around the combined population of Scotland and Wales.  Legal abortion, rather than leading to the saving of lives has been an abandonment of those most vulnerable to having their lives ended.    

In legalizing abortion, its incidence has multiplied by a factor of 14.

Reverend Thomas Thompson

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