Abortion rate in Scotland 2018, by age of woman

In 2018, 21.3 abortions per 1,000 women were carried out in Scotland and were performed on women between the ages of 20 and 24. This age group accounted for the highest rate of abortions performed in Scotland. The age group 25 to 29 years had an abortion rate of 16.5 per 1,000 women.

Abortion in the rest of the UK

In England and Wales in 2017, the age group 20 to 24 years had the highest rate of abortions, as was the case in Scotland. The rate of 27.8 abortions per 1,000 women was higher than in Scotland. Furthermore, the abortion rate for women aged 25 to 29 years in England was 24 per 1,000 in 2017. It is the age group of those under 16 years of age, which has the highest share of conceptions leading to abortion in England and Wales in 2016, with over 61 percent of conceptions in this age group leading to an abortion.

Comparison with age of mothers giving birth

In England and Wales, the most common age for a mother giving birth was the age group 30 to 34 years, with 109.8 births per 1,000 women in 2017, while the age group 25 to 29 years had 95.3 births per 1,000 women.

Rate of abortion in Scotland in 2018, by age of woman

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Release date

May 2019


United Kingdom (Scotland)

Survey time period


Age group

All ages

Supplementary notes

Provisional data
* Rates per 1,000 women in each age group (rate for under 16's calculated using female population aged 13-15).

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