The latest figures from the Department of Health show that there were 1,253 more abortions in 2015 than in the previous year.
The figures, for residents of England and Wales, reveal that there were 185,824 abortions last year, up from 184,571.
They also show that more than 200 babies were aborted after the 24-week limit, most of these on the grounds of disability.
The vast majority of abortions, 70 per cent, were among women who are married or have a partner, up from 48 per cent a decade ago.
The number of women over 35 who had an abortion was the highest on record, at 29,471.
The stats show that 230 babies were aborted at 24 weeks or older. More than 50 took place after 32 weeks – when the unborn child was at least seven months old. Continue Reading