Scotland’s department of public health has announced the highest abortion rate since records began in 1968, thanks to a jump in at-home chemical abortions.
In 2020, Scotland registered a record 13,815 abortions, which represents a rate of 13.4 abortions per thousand women aged 15 to 44, up from 13.2 the previous year, the Christian Institute reported Saturday.
During the coronavirus pandemic, Scotland adopted measures to facilitate at-home abortions, allowing an unsupervised chemical abortion within the first twelve weeks of pregnancy after just a phone or video consultation with a doctor or nurse.
Do-it-yourself chemical abortions entail ingesting two tablets, the Christian Institute noted, mifepristone to kill the developing baby and misoprostol to induce a miscarriage to expel the foetal remains from the womb.
Currently in Scotland, the vast majority of abortions – some 97 per cent – are performed in this manner. The number increased dramatically during the