LONDON, October 30, 2003 ( – The UK Government Statistical Service published statistics today on the number of abortions for 2002. This bulletin summarizes information from the abortion notification forms returned to the Chief Medical Officers of England and Wales on abortions carried out in England and Wales.  The total number of abortions reported was 175,600, compared with 176,400 in 2001.  The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) in the UK commented that the statistics are evidence of a national tragedy.  Paul Tully, SPUC’s general secretary, said: “The 2002 abortion figures for England and Wales show no significant shift in the number of recorded abortions or in the rate of abortions per 1,000 women in their main child-bearing years.”  The bulletin noted that the abortion rate was highest, at 30.2 per 1000, for women in the 20-24 age group.  “These figures confirm the prediction that, by the end of this year, 6,000,000 unborn children will have been aborted in Britain since the passing of the 1967 Abortion Act,” said Tully.  “Furthermore, the government’s strategy of reducing recorded abortion by promoting the morning-after pill is not working. On the contrary, unrecorded early abortions caused by the morning-after pill would undoubtedly add many thousands to these figures.  It is a tragedy.”  See the Statistical Bulletin online at: