Can we trust Department of Health statistics on abortion? We think not.

The Daily Telegraph has published a very brief article on the subject of a study published on 7th March 2012 in the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

Apart from the horror of reading that 16 babies were born alive and left to die in 2006 there are further shocking revelations in this article.  Table 4 shows huge underreporting of abortions post-24 weeks.  Abortions at this late stage are always carried out in NHS hospitals.  The authors of the report show that figures are sometimes twice as high as the official figures.

Rebecca Mallinson from the ProLife Alliance said, if we can’t ensure that such highly sensitive statistics are accurate, what faith can we put in those covering first trimester abortions.