We believe that human life begins at conception and therefore the human embryo must be protected and cared for at all stages of its development.
- 191,014 abortions took place in England and Wales in 2015.
- 98% of all legal abortions were carried out for social reasons.
-Less than 3% of abortions in the UK were performed because of handicap or serious injury to the mother.
The Abortion Act 1967 sets no time limit on when an abortion may take place if ‘there is substantial risk that if the child were born it would suffer from such physical or mental abnormalities as to be seriously handicapped,’ (known as Ground E.) According to the Department of Health statistics, 3,213 abortions were carried out in 2015 under Ground E. Some of these abortions were taking place because the child had a congenital malformation, such as club foot or cleft palate.
In 2012 a Parliamentary Inquiry was launched urging Government to review this law and either bring the upper time limit for abortions on the grounds of disability equal to the upper limit for able-bodied babies, or repeal Ground E altogether. We have supported the Inquiry throughout and have backed the proposals.
In 2014 national newspapers raised concerns that sex-selective abortions were happening in the UK. The subject has been discussed in recent parliamentary debates. We are firmly against sex-selective abortion and have made this point clear in responses to the Government.
The Government has since stated that abortion on the grounds of gender alone is illegal.