2016 Abortion Statistics for Scotland

June 3, 2017

Abortion Statistics 2016

Number of abortions:

12,063 abortions were carried out in Scotland in 2016 (11.6 per 1000 women), a similar number as in 2015 (12,134 abortions). The rate of abortion in England and Wales is higher (17.0 per 1000 women).

In 1968, when the Abortion Act was implemented, there were 1500 abortions. The number of abortions then steadily increased to a peak of 13,908 abortions in 2008. Since 2008 the number of abortions was falling, until a rise again last year.

Age group:

The highest rate of abortion in 2016 was for women in their 20’s, with 19.1 abortions per 1000 women aged 20-24 years old and 15.9 abortions per 1000 women aged 25 to 29 years old.

In the age group 30-39 years, there was a rise of 17.5% in the rate of abortion in 2015. The rate has stayed about the same in 2016.

The rate of abortion in teenagers has been falling since 2007. The abortion rate in under 16 year olds was 1.5 per 1000 girls. The abortion rate in 16-19 year olds was 14.6 per 1000.

Method of abortion:

Medical abortions (using drugs) were allowed in the UK since 1991, in 1992 16.4% of abortions were medical. In 2016, 82.9% of all abortions carried out were medical, 17.1% of abortions carried out were surgical.

73.5% of abortions took place under 9 weeks gestation.

Repeat abortions:

1/3 abortions are carried out in women who have previously had an abortion.

Reasons for abortion:

The vast majority of abortions are carried out due to social reasons (98.2% = 11,841 abortions).

Disability accounted for 1.8% of all abortions in 2016:

There were 214 abortions on the ground of risk of disability, which is the highest number yet. 75 were for chromosomal abnormalities (eg. Down’s syndrome), 49 were for conditions of the nervous system (eg. spina bifida), and 51 were for other structural abnormalities (eg. heart defect, kidney abnormality).

8 abortions (0.07% of all abortions) were carried out because there was a serious risk to the mother’s life.

For the full report, please click on this link https://www.isdscotland.org/Health-Topics/Sexual-Health/Publications/2017-05-30/2017-05-30-Terminations-2016-Report.pdf?96633547545


MS patient defers plans for assisted suicide

May 19, 2017

An MS patient in Inverness has deferred his plans to end his life at an assisted suicide clinic in Switzerland, after another MS patient contacted him and encouraged him to seek more support. This contact and support has given him a new optimism about life.

A video about this story can be viewed on the BBC website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-39940143

We believe in the value of every human life. This story shows what a positive difference personal contact and support from each one of us can have on another person’s life when they are struggling.


Knights of St Columba Supreme Council

November 4, 2016

Last weekend, Sister Roseann, postulant Jess and volunteer Louise were honoured to be invited to the Knights of St Columba’s Supreme Council. They enjoyed the Saturday evening banquet, with socialising and listening to speeches and then on Sunday morning they gave talks to the ladies and attended Mass. Sr Roseann spoke about the history of involvement of the Knights of St Columba with the Cardinal Winning Pro-Life Initiative. Louise spoke about Project Truth, a youth initiative of SPUC, which the Knights have helped with. Jess spoke about what led to her joining the Sisters of the Gospel of Life. The Knights of St Columba have always been very helpful in giving practical, spiritual and financial support to the work of the Sisters of the Gospel of Life at the Cardinal Winning Pro-Life Initiative. Over the weekend, the ladies (wives of the Knights) fundraised an amazing £1000 to help us and also donated baby clothes and toys (pictured). We are very grateful for their support.

For more information about the Knights of St Columba, visit www.ksc.org.uk

For more information about Project Truth, visit www.facebook.com/projecttruthscotland

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Prolife Chain 2016

April 25, 2016

To mark the passing of the 1967 Abortion Act, over 100 people, including our very own Sr. Andrea came together to form a human chain in silent witness on Lothian Road, Edinburgh last Saturday.  Old, young and the very young made the journey to witness to life.  There were lollies, balloons and a wee bit of sun intermittently to help us on our way.  Next year marks the 50th year since abortion was made legal in Britain and the witness to the lives lost grows steadily…

SPUC Scotland's photo.
SPUC Scotland's photo.
SPUC Scotland's photo.
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WYD Concert

April 8, 2016

This July, Sr Andrea will be one of the leaders of a group of pilgrims who are heading to World Youth Day in Krakow – many of whom are volunteers for the Cardinal Winning Pro-Life Initiative.

In order to make this pilgrimage a reality – the group need to raise funds for travel and accommodation costs.

Please support this event by coming along to the concert they have organised. There will be some great entertainment through a mix of musical genres and it’s BYOB too – why not make a wee night of it.

April 29th 2016

Fri 7:30 PM · 13-15 Southpark Terrace, Glasgow, Lanarkshire G12 8LG

SPUC Youth Conference 2016

March 15, 2016

A bus load of young adults travelled to England to SPUC’s Youth Conference and endured the 10 hours journey to hear some amazing speakers including Catherine Macmillan who was speaking for the first time since her daughter Sara died at the beginning of this year.  Everyone I have spoken to who heard her were moved by her testimony.

The fruits that can emerge from helping a young adult to attend prolife conferences are many including educating them in some of the most profound topics of our day!  It is not easy to stand up for life especially in a culture that puts pressure on young people to all be the same and be for abortion as a right.  We applaud all the young people who attended the conference but especially our own Scottish contingent!

 

Scottish contingent at the SPUC Youth Conference in Hoddesdon

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40 Days for Life Update

February 21, 2016

The Cardinal Winning Pro-Life Initiative will be organising Friday 11th March. Please get in touch if you want to help us fill that day at 40 Days for Life.