Ten thousand more abortions than expected took place in the nine months following the scare over contraceptive pills two years ago, the latest U.K. population statistics reveal.

The figures represent the highest proportion of women having abortions since records began nearly 30 years ago. The panic followed a statement by the Committee on Safety of Medicines that seven brands of the Pill doubled the risk of deep vein thrombosis, a potentially fatal blood clot.

The figures published in October by the Office of National Statistics show that abortion rates were highest among teenagers and women in their 20s, and lowest in women in their 30s.

In this time, there were 120,000 abortions. The effect was to increase the abortion rate during the same period in the previous year for women aged 15-44.

via Pro-Life E News Canada