Historical abortion statistics, England and Wales (UK)

compiled by Wm. Robert Johnston
last updated 3 January 2015

Definition of table data:

yearlive birthsabortionsstillbirthsabortion ratioabortion %
occurrencesresidents onlynonresidentsoccurrencesall to residentsoccurrencesall to residents
1938621,204    24,729     
1939614,479    24,320     
1940590,120    22,779     
1941579,091    20,876     
1942651,503    22,383     
1943684,334    21,262     
1944751,478    21,306     
1945679,937    19,333     
1946820,719    22,915     
1947881,026    21,795     
1948775,306    18,399     
1949730,518    16,947     
1950697,097    16,084     
1951677,529    15,985     
1952673,735    15,636     
1953684,372    15,681     
1954673,651    16,200     
1955667,811    15,829     
1956700,335    16,405     
1957723,381    16,615     
1958740,715 13,570   16,288 18    
1959748,501 13,900   15,901 19    
1960785,005 14,000   15,819 18    
1961811,281 14,300   15,727 18    
1962838,736 16,800   15,464 20    
1963854,055 16,600   14,989 19    
1964875,972 18,300   14,546 21    
1965862,725 19,500   13,841 23    
1966849,823 21,400   13,243 25    
1967832,164 27,200   12,528 33    
1968819,272 23,641 22,332 1,309 11,848 29 27 2.82.7
1969797,538 54,819 49,829 4,990 10,654 69 62 6.45.9
1970784,486 86,565 75,962 10,603 10,345 110 97 9.98.8
1971783,155 126,777 94,570 32,207 9,899 162 121 13.910.8
1972725,440 159,884 108,565 51,319 8,799 220 150 18.113.0
1973675,953 167,149 110,568 56,581 7,936 247 164 19.814.1
1974639,885 162,940 109,445 53,495 7,175 255 171 20.314.6
1975603,445 139,702 106,224 33,478 6,295 232 176 18.815.0
1976584,270 129,673 101,912 27,761 5,709 222 174 18.214.9
1977569,259 133,004 102,677 30,327 5,405 234 180 18.915.3
1978596,418 141,558 111,851 29,707 5,108 237 188 19.215.8
1979638,028 149,746 120,611 29,135 5,125 235 189 19.015.9
1980656,234 160,903 128,927 31,976 4,773 245 196 19.716.4
1981634,492 162,480 128,581 33,899 4,207 256 203 20.416.9
1982625,931 163,045 128,553 34,492 3,939 260 205 20.717.0
1983629,134 162,161 127,375 34,786 3,631 258 202 20.516.8
1984636,818 169,993 136,388 33,605 3,643 267 214 21.117.6
1985656,417 171,873 141,101 30,772 3,645 262 215 20.817.7
1986661,018 172,286 147,619 24,667 3,549 261 223 20.718.3
1987681,511 174,276 156,191 18,085 3,423 256 229 20.418.6
1988693,577 183,798 168,298 15,500 3,382 265 243 20.919.5
1989687,725 183,974 170,463 13,511 3,236 268 248 21.119.9
1990706,140 186,912 173,900 13,012 3,256 265 246 20.919.8
1991699,217 179,522 167,376 12,146 3,254 257 239 20.419.3
1992689,656 172,069 160,501 11,568 2,944 249 233 20.018.9
1993673,467 168,714 157,846 10,868 3,855 251 234 20.019.0
1994664,726 166,876 156,539 10,337 3,813 251 235 20.119.1
1995648,138 163,638 154,315 9,323 3,600 252 238 20.219.2
1996649,485 177,495 167,916 9,579 3,539 273 259 21.520.5
1997643,095 179,746 170,145 9,601 3,439 280 265 21.820.9
1998635,901 187,402 177,871 9,531 3,417 295 280 22.821.9
1999621,872 183,250 173,701 9,549 3,305 295 279 22.821.8
2000604,441 185,375 175,542 9,833 3,203 307 290 23.522.5
2001594,634 186,274 176,364 9,910 3,159 313 297 23.922.9
2002596,122 185,385 175,932 9,453 3,372 311 295 23.722.8
2003615,787 190,660 181,582 9,078 3,612 310 295 23.622.8
2004639,721 194,498 185,713 8,785 3,686 304 290 23.322.5
2005645,835 194,353 186,416 7,937 3,483 301 289 23.122.4
2006669,601 201,173 193,737 7,436 3,602 300 289 23.122.4
2007690,013 205,598 198,499 7,099 3,598 298 288 23.022.3
2008708,711 202,158 195,296 6,862 3,617 285 276 22.221.6
2009706,248 195,743 189,100 6,643  277 268 21.721.1
2010723,165 196,109 189,574 6,535  271 262 21.320.8
2011723,913 196,082 189,931 6,151  271 262 21.320.8
2012729,674 190,972 185,122 5,850  262 254 20.720.2
2013698,512 190,800 185,331 5,469  273 265 21.521.0
2014         
yearlive birthsabortionsstillbirthsabortion ratioabortion %
occurrencesresidents onlynonresidentsoccurrencesall to residentsoccurrencesall to residents

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