In England and Wales, abortions gained another all-time high last year.
In 2021, nearly 215,000 terminations were carried out, up 2% from the year before, media reports say.
According to the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities report, more than half were carried out at home, reports the Daily Mail.
Abortions in United Kingdom
The report also highlighted the popularity of the ‘pills by post’ service, which was set up at the start of the pandemic so that women unable to see doctors in person could still access early medical abortions.
Ministers wanted to axe the scheme this summer but their plans were defeated, the report said.
Clare Murphy, head of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS), suggested that the policy may have had a role in last year’s record abortion numbers.
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