Historical abortion statistics, England and Wales (UK)

compiled by Wm. Robert Johnston
last updated 22 October 2017

Definition of table data:

yearlive birthsabortionsstillbirthsabortion ratioabortion %
occurrencesresidents onlynonresidentsoccurrencesall to residentsoccurrencesall to residents
1929643,673        
1930648,811        
1931632,081        
1932613,972        
1933580,413        
1934597,642        
1935598,756        
1936605,292        
1937610,557        
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    
1958740,71513,570  16,28818.3   
1959748,50113,900  15,90118.6   
1960785,00514,000  15,81917.8   
1961811,28114,300  15,72717.6   
1962838,73616,800  15,46420.0   
1963854,05516,600  14,98919.4   
1964875,97218,300  14,54620.9   
1965862,72519,500  13,84122.6   
1966849,82321,400  13,24325.2   
1967832,16427,200  12,52832.7   
1968819,27223,64122,3321,30911,84828.927.32.802.65
1969797,53854,81949,8294,99010,65468.762.56.435.88
1970784,48686,56575,96210,60310,345110.396.89.948.83
1971783,155126,77794,57032,2079,899161.9120.813.9310.77
1972725,440159,884108,56551,3198,799220.4149.718.0613.02
1973675,953167,149110,56856,5817,936247.3163.619.8314.06
1974639,885162,940109,44553,4957,175254.6171.020.3014.61
1975603,445139,702106,22433,4786,295231.5176.018.8014.97
1976584,270129,673101,91227,7615,709221.9174.418.1614.85
1977569,259133,004102,67730,3275,405233.6180.418.9415.28
1978596,418141,558111,85129,7075,108237.3187.519.1815.79
1979638,028149,746120,61129,1355,125234.7189.019.0115.90
1980656,234160,903128,92731,9764,773245.2196.519.6916.42
1981634,492162,480128,58133,8994,207256.1202.720.3916.85
1982625,931163,045128,55334,4923,939260.5205.420.6717.04
1983629,134162,161127,37534,7863,631257.8202.520.4916.84
1984636,818169,993136,38833,6053,643266.9214.221.0717.64
1985656,417171,873141,10130,7723,645261.8215.020.7517.69
1986661,018172,286147,61924,6673,549260.6223.320.6818.26
1987681,511174,276156,19118,0853,423255.7229.220.3618.65
1988693,577183,798168,29815,5003,382265.0242.720.9519.53
1989687,725183,974170,46313,5113,236267.5247.921.1119.86
1990706,140186,912173,90013,0123,256264.7246.320.9319.76
1991699,217179,522167,37612,1463,254256.7239.420.4319.31
1992689,656172,069160,50111,5682,944249.5232.719.9718.88
1993673,467168,714157,84610,8683,855250.5234.420.0318.99
1994664,726166,876156,53910,3373,813251.0235.520.0719.06
1995648,138163,638154,3159,3233,600252.5238.120.1619.23
1996649,485177,495167,9169,5793,539273.3258.521.4620.54
1997643,095179,746170,1459,6013,439279.5264.621.8420.92
1998635,901187,402177,8719,5313,417294.7279.722.7621.86
1999621,872183,250173,7019,5493,305294.7279.322.7621.83
2000604,441185,375175,5429,8333,203306.7290.423.4722.51
2001594,634186,274176,3649,9103,159313.3296.623.8522.87
2002596,122185,385175,9329,4533,372311.0295.123.7222.79
2003615,787190,660181,5829,0783,612309.6294.923.6422.77
2004639,721194,498185,7138,7853,686304.0290.323.3122.50
2005645,835194,353186,4167,9373,483300.9288.623.1322.40
2006669,601201,173193,7377,4363,602300.4289.323.1022.44
2007690,013205,598198,4997,0993,598298.0287.722.9622.34
2008708,711202,158195,2966,8623,617285.2275.622.1921.60
2009706,248195,743189,1006,643 277.2267.821.7021.12
2010723,165196,109189,5746,535 271.2262.121.3320.77
2011723,913196,082189,9316,151 270.9262.421.3120.78
2012729,674190,972185,1225,850 261.7253.720.7420.24
2013698,512190,800185,3315,469 273.2265.321.4520.97
2014695,233190,092184,5715,521 273.4265.521.4720.98
2015697,852191,014185,8245,1903,147273.7266.321.4921.03
2016696,271190,406185,5964,8103,112273.5266.621.4721.05
yearlive birthsabortionsstillbirthsabortion ratioabortion %
occurrencesresidents onlynonresidentsoccurrencesall to residentsoccurrencesall to residents

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