Abortion rates have hit a record high in England and Wales as parents are becoming more conscious of the costs of bringing up a child.
Office for National Statistics figures show 24% of females who fell pregnant in 2018 chose a termination.
Up from 22.7% the previous year, it was the highest percentage since records began 30 years ago.
Abortion care charity BPAS suggests financial concerns are putting women off. Clare Murphy, director of external affairs, said: “We’ve seen an increasingly cautious approach, likely to be driven by factors from the two-child limit to Brexit .”
The Government’s policy of limiting welfare benefits to two children prevents parents from seeking extra funding for a third child, if born after April 2017.