It is estimated that almost one in three women in the UK have had an abortion. However, when you think about the statistics in terms of your family or friends, this might not match up.
This is because although it has been legal in almost all of the UK for 50 years there is still a huge amount of stigma attached to abortion and, with that, a woman’s right to choose.
This stigma and shame is perpetuated by society and the attitudes and outdated laws which still exist in supposedly advanced, liberal countries when it comes to abortion. The fact of the matter is that the overwhelming majority of women who have had a termination do not regret their choice. In 2015, a study found that 95 per cent of women who had abortions did not regret them.