The abortion rates have been rising rapidly since the 1990’s. In 2003 there were 181,600 legal abortions in England and Wales.
There are two main ways of aborting a foetus, surgically and medically. The most common surgical method of abortion is by vacuum aspiration. This counts for 90% of abortions up to 12 weeks gestation and half of abortion at 13 to 19 weeks gestation. To abort a foetus medically the foetus is injected with drugs and the mother is then induced into labour 24 hours later, she then gives birth to a dead foetus.
There are many reasons in which a mother wishes to have an abortion. The most common reason is that the women does not feel ready to have a baby, this can be because social reasons such as age or economic reasons. Other reasons are that she or her partner already has children do not want any more or if there is a health risk to either the mother or the foetus. If the foetus was conceived through a traumatic experience such as rape.
The number of abortions in the UK is increasing rapidly. There are many people who feel strongly against abortion or for women’s rights and the numbers of these people are increasing daily.