Pro-life groups have called the rise in abortions in England and Wales "tragic" as new figures released on Thursday revealed that numbers have reached a 10-year high.
In England and Wales, a total of 205,295 abortions were carried out in 2018, an increase of 7,762 abortions from 2017. A decade ago in 2008, there were 195,296 abortions.
Over the last 10 years abortion rates were shown to have decreased year on year for women aged under 18, while increasing for women over 35.
The abortion rate for women over 35 stood at 9.2 per 1,000 resident women in 2018, an increase from 6.7 per 1,000 women in 2008. ...