In 2019, more women in the UK sought after abortions than in any previous year, according to a new report released by the UK Department of Health and Social Care.
The 20-page report showed statistics for England and Wales last year. Over 207,000 abortions were performed on women last year, which is the largest number recorded since the 1967 Abortion Act was passed, according to the Christian Post.
The largest increase occurred among women over the age of 35 while women under the age of 18 stayed the same. However, women aged 22 saw the highest increase with 31.6 abortions per 1,000 women. In 2018, women aged 21 had the highest rate of 30.7 per 1,000.
Minors seeking abortions have decreased.
“The decline since 2009 is particularly marked in the under 16 age group, where the rates have decreased from 4.0 per 1,000 women in 2009 to 1.4 per 1,000 women in 2019,” according to the report.
Additionally, women ages 18-19 have also sought fewer abortions with a decline from 31.6 per 1,000 to 23.8 per 1,000 women.