Two factors led to the public becoming receptive to abortion law reform. Firstly, abortion became the leading cause of maternal deaths in the decade before the 1967 act was passed, with between 50 and 60 women each year dying of unsafe abortion.
To solve which 200,000 abortions are carried out each year.
Having had a look around it appears that DoH tells us that only one death (of the mother that is, obviously) was recorded in 2015 as having been caused by procuring an abortion. I’d sorta doubt that, I’d expect the death rate from near any medical procedure to be higher than that. But still, take it as being true.
Something of a trade off between 59 and 200,000, isn’t there?