Abortions in England and Wales spiked dramatically last year, with a significant increase among those aged 30 to 34.
In what pro-life groups call "a national tragedy," official data revealed that 207,384 abortion procedures were carried out in the country during 2019. That marks the highest number of yearly abortions since the act became legal in Britain in 1967.
Women ages 25 or older saw an increased rate of abortion, with those 30 to 34 rising to nearly 20.9 abortions per 1,000 women. In 2009, that number was 15.7 per 1,000 women.
Fewer teenagers are getting an abortion, however. The rate for those getting an abortion under 18 has dropped over the past 10 years to 8.1 per 1,000 and to 1.4 per 1,000 for those under 16, compared with 4 in 2009.
Pro-choice activists in the country claim that a number of factors led to the rise, including financial worries and a larger trend towards older motherhood. More than half of all women who had an abortion in 2019 already had a child at home.
Antonia Tully, who directs an organization called the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children explained how normalization of abortion and ease of accessibility to chemical abortion drugs continues to fuel increasing numbers.
"We are looking at a national tragedy here. This appalling figure shows us that abortion is becoming more and more normalized," Tully said. "Propaganda telling women that abortion is ‘simple and safe', coupled with easier access to abortion pills, is driving up abortion numbers."
Almost all of the country's abortions, 98%, were reported as having been done to alleviate mental health strains on the mother.