Aborted babies in Britain number the entire populations of Scotland and Wales combined, research has found. More than 8 million children have been aborted since the Abortion Act 1967 came into effect in 1968.
Every day, on average, 552 recorded abortions take place in Britain, according to official figures — the equivalent of the entire roll-call of more than two typical primary schools.
This means that, each week, nearly 4,000 unborn babies die by abortion, the equivalent of 20 passenger jets. Last year, approximately 200,000 babies died by abortion, enough to fill Wembley Stadium twice over.
The figures were compiled from official figures by the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC), which was founded to oppose the Abortion Act.
In memory of the missing 8 million, supporters of SPUC formed silent vigils in cities including London, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Liverpool, Glasgow and Plymouth during April.
As well as focusing on the loss of human life, the vigils drew attention to the needs of the many women who suffer physically or psychologically from an abortion experience, often many years after the event.
John Smeaton, chief executive of SPUC, commented. ‘Our country has been deprived of millions of never-to-be repeated lives by the hidden horror of abortion’.