If Canada kept accurate abortion statistics, and we don’t, I would like to know how many abortions are repeat abortions. Why does this matter? For so many reasons. But one of the most controversial things you can say about abortion is that women use it as birth control. I’m heartened by the controversy around that, to be frank, because it means people somewhere deep, deep down know what abortion is and it follows that they don’t want mothers to kill their children flippantly. (I am of the opinion that abortion is always birth control, in some fashion. If you remove the emotion, and look at what the words mean abortion is very evidently “birth control.”)
In any event, these stats from the UK show a devastating number of repeat abortions.
The figures show that a record 37 per cent of all abortions in England and Wales last year were repeat procedures. More than 4,500 women had had at least four abortions, 1,334 were on at least their fifth and 33 women had nine or more terminations.
In Canada, we really can’t know. (Stay in touch with Run With Life for trying to get a better handle on abortion statistics. Patricia Maloney is the one who discovered that Ontario banned making abortion stats accessible by Access to Information requests, and our abortion stats are otherwise very shoddy.)