Scotland Sees Highest Abortion Rate In 5 Years

Grace Carr | Reporter

Scotland saw its highest rate of abortion in the last five years after it ruled in 2017 that women could medicinally induce abortions in the privacy of their own homes.

The Scots aborted over 12,000 unborn babies in 2017, marking a one percent rise from 2016.

The more affluent regions of Scotland aborted their babies at almost half the rate of economically deprived areas, BBC News reports. Poor areas of Scotland aborted 16.2 babies per 1,000 women aged between the ages of 15 and 44 while wealthier areas saw a rate of only 8.2 per 1,000.

Early medication abortions up to nine weeks gestation cost roughly $504, according to the Guttmacher Institute.

Scotland ruled in October 2017 to allow women to take abortion pills at home. (RELATED: British Doctor Says Women Taking Abortion Pills At Home Is Totally Cool)

The report of increased numbers of abortion in Scotland follows Ireland’s Saturday vote to legalize abortion by repealing the Eight Amendment. Women in Ireland can now abort their unborn babies up until the third month in pregnancy. Between the third and sixth month of pregnancy, abortions will be permitted only in the presence of fatal abnormalities and where the mother’s life is threatened. (RELATED: Here’s What Abortion In Ireland Will Look Like After The Referendum)

“Ireland will now join that sad community of nations who throw away irreplaceable human beings through abortion on demand,” Students for Life of America President Kristan Hawkins said Saturday.

Ireland was one of the last European countries that banned abortion until Saturday.

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