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Scottish abortion numbers at 10-year high

28th May 2019 - James Mildred

Figures released by the NHS Scotland Information Services Division have revealed that the level of abortions in Scotland has hit a 10-year high. 

In total, there were 13,286 abortions in 2018, an increase of 843 from 2017. 

There has also been a dramatic rise in the number of repeat abortions, from 3,942 in 2017 to 4,385 in 2018. In total, 33% of all abortions in 2018 were repeats. 

Sadly, there has also been a 48% increase in the number of abortion in Scotland for Down's syndrom since 2010. There were 34 abortions for Down's syndrome in Scotland in 2018. 

Responding to the figures, CARE’s chief executive Nola Leach said: 

“Every abortion is a tragedy, involving the loss of a life and often, ongoing trauma for the mother. 

“Too often, abortion is seen as the only way, so there is a real and urgent need to do more to support women who experience unplanned pregnancies. 

“The decision by the Scottish Government to permit the home use of the second abortion pill will not help and will endanger women and their unborn babies.

"We need to change direction when it comes to abortion and quickly too, because both lives matter and it cannot be insisted upon strongly enough that there are alternatives to abortion, such as adoption, which offer a better way forward."

Find out more

Read a press release responding to the latest figures from Scotland from Right to Life UK

The abortion levels in England and Wales also hit a 10 year high, according to the data from last year

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