Abortions in England and Wales hit record high as older women fuel rise
The archbishop of Durban has slammed a British newspaper for reviving the spirit of Hitler and Stalin as abortions reach the highest level ever in England and Wales.
Cardinal Wilfrid Fox Napier responded to a tweet from Nigerian-born Catholic pro-life campaigner Obianuju Ekeocha, who asked the Guardian if it “wanted to make this genocidal act great again,” after it used a “Make Abortion Great Again” picture in a pro-abortion feature.
“I wonder how @guardian editors decided to use this picture for their pro-abortion piece. ‘Make Abortion Great Again’? An abortion entails poisoning unborn babies, decapitating, dismembering & suctioning them out of the womb,” Ekeocha, a British biomedical scientist, tweeted.
Cardinal Napier, who has called abortion “THE hate crime of our era,” replied: “How the spirit of the likes of Hitler, Stalin must be rejoicing at this total abandonment of traditional, human ethical standards & Christian morality.”
On Wednesday, a day after the cardinal’s comments, Britain’s Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) released figures revealing that 200,608 abortions were carried out in England and Wales in 2018, marking a record increase of 4% or 192,900 from the previous year.
Pro-life activists said that the latest abortion data represented a “national tragedy.”
Clare McCarthy from the Right to Life charity warned that “proposals from abortion campaigners to remove legal restrictions around abortion and introduce abortion right to birth would likely see these numbers get even worse.”
According to the report, 17.4 per 1,000 women in England and Wales had an abortion in 2018, an increase from 16.7 per 1,000 women in 2017. The number of unborn babies of non-resident women aborted increased to 4,687, and most were carried on women traveling from Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic.
While abortions had decreased for women under the age of 18, abortion rates had dramatically increased for women aged over 35, rising from 6.7 per 1,000 women in 2008 to 9.2 per 1,000 women in 2018.
In total, 34,380 women aged 35 and over had an abortion in 2018, up 6% on the 32,330 the year before. The data also showed there were 1,267 abortions to girls aged under 16 (0.6% of the total) in 2018.
“The fact that the abortion rate for women 35 or over has increased again since last year raises big questions about the pressures of modern life. The instability of cohabitation and the intense pressure for couples to maintain two incomes are taking a heavy price,” Nola Leach, chief executive at Christian Action Research and Education, told The Telegraph.
A shocking 39% of women who had an abortion had one or more previous abortions, the figures showed, and single women had the highest number of abortions, amounting to four-fifths (81%) of the total. The highest percentage of women (48%) having repeat abortions were aged 30 and over.
White women were the highest ethnicity having their babies aborted (78%), while only 8% of Asian and 8% of black women were having their unborn babies killed.
However, it was black women (47%) who had the most repeat abortions compared to white (39%) and Asian women (35%).
Ekeocha told Church Militant that the black/black British abortion numbers, even though 8% of the total number of abortions, was actually “double the rate of other races in the U.K. as blacks make up only about 3–4% of the population.”
“In addition, blacks in the U.K. also have the highest ‘repeat’ abortions — almost like serial abortions in the black communities across the U.K. These are very telling numbers that indicate a racial disparity with regards to abortion,” she added.
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[Editor’s Note: This article was written by Jules Gomes and originally published at Church Militant. Title changed by P&P.]
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