A probability sample of women at least eighteen years old showed 84% of rape victims did not report the offense to the police.
However, the Abortion Act 1967 provides defences for doctors that can be relied upon provided that the abortion is carried out in compliance with the requirements of the Act. This ground is the most commonly relied upon and can permit an abortion to be carried out up to 24 weeks of pregnancy if that pregnancy carries risk of injury to the physical or mental health of the pregnant woman or any existing children of her family.
Section 1 of the Abortion Act identifies 4 grounds by which an abortion can be carried out. Nevertheless, in all situations two doctors must form the opinion in good faith that at least of the statutory criteria can be satisfied.
Most women who want to have abortions will not be stopped by a law.
Pro-lifers say that the women that desire abortions should opt for adoption instead.