CNA Staff, Sep 11, 2020 / 03:30 am
The number of abortions in England and Wales soared in the first half of 2020 amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to statistics released Thursday.
The new figures, published by the Department of Health and Social Care Sept. 10, showed that 109,836 abortions took place between Jan. 1 and June 30. This is 4,296 more than in the first six months of 2019, a year that saw the highest annual number of abortions.
If abortions continue at the same rate in the second half of 2020, the year will set a new record.
Catherine Robinson, spokesperson for Right to Life UK, said: "This year we've come together as a nation and made great sacrifices to protect the vulnerable from COVID-19. Sadly, at the very same time we protected one group of vulnerable people, we as society have also ended thousands of young vulnerable lives through abortion."