Today the Department of Health and Social Care released the latest abortion figures for England and Wales. In total, 214,869 abortions took place in 2021. This is the highest number ever recorded in England and Wales. It’s also an increase of 4,009 from 2020.
This significant increase has accompanied the first full year that ‘DIY’ abortions were available in England and Wales. The overall total of abortions across the UK since the Abortion Act was introduced in 1967 has now reached nearly 10 million. That is a staggering and heartbreaking statistic for our society to reckon with.
There’s so much that needs to be said in response to such figures. But I suspect they will largely be ignored by the media and politicians. Abortion is one of those policy debates that simply isn’t had in this country. People would rather bury their heads in the sand than engage with what’s happening. Especially given the febrile nature of discussions on this topic.
From a Christian perspective, abortion deeply grieves the heart of God. We affirm the absolute value of life, from the point of conception through to its natural end. The single greatest theological argument for life being valuable from conception is the incarnation. God Himself became an embryo, a pre-born baby in the womb of the Virgin Mary.
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