By Jonathon Van Maren
While the state of emergency lockdowns are beginning to ease, pro-lifers across the West are entering into a new state of emergency: a sharp spike in the abortion rate brought on by ongoing economic devastation. Tragic numbers in both the United Kingdom and the United States this week are a cause for enormous concern.
According to The Guardian, abortions in both England and Wales surged again last year, with official figures hitting 207,384 abortions — the highest number of abortions since abortion was legalized in the United Kingdom in 1967. In particular, the number of women over thirty years of age having abortions has increased. According to abortion activists, this is potentially due to a combination of financial struggles and a “trend towards older motherhood.” These numbers are even more chilling when considering the fact that financial difficulties are likely to be exacerbated enormously by the economic devastation wrought by the COVID-19 lockdowns this year.