Monday 20 December 2010

'Mothers don't have abortions'

Every Monday EFC busts myths and takes names, cutting through the misinformation, disinformation, and straight up nonsense to bring you the facts.

Many people assume that women who have abortions are young, single, and childless. Actually, about half (49%) of abortions are performed on women who have already had at least one live birth. A similar figure has been suggested for the number of Irish women travelling abroad to access abortion in this recent article.

Although many anti-choice campaigners prefer to picture the woman who has an abortion as childless, of course some women who have children do go on to end subsequent pregnancies. In fact, UK abortion law includes “risk to existing children” as a legal ground on which to have an abortion.

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