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There are disturbing reports coming from England and Wales as national statistics show that more than a quarter of all deaths in the countries are caused by abortions.
The numbers were released by the Office for National Statistics of the U.K. and offers a complete accounting of the mortality statistics for all deaths that occurred in 2010.
The report was divided into two parts; major causes of death and death from external causes. The report listed the total number of deaths and the resulting cause or factor.
The report listed a total of 493,242 deaths in England and Wales from "all causes" in 2010. This number includes 224 babies who died "before, during or after birth." However, the 224 babies who died were not represented in the 189,574 human deaths from abortion in England and Wales in 2010.
Adding the total number of pre-born babies who died as a result of abortion in 2010 to the total number of human deaths in England and Wales for that same year produces an overall total of 682,816 deaths.
This leads to 27 percent or 189,574 of the 682,816 deaths being caused by abortion.
Recently, several top British government officials have proposed and endorsed calls to lower the current abortion limit of 24 weeks to a new limit of 12 weeks.
Jeremy Hunt, Britain's new health secretary, explained that while he understands the seriousness concerning this debate, he feels that reducing the time limit from 24 weeks to 12 weeks is the right point to start with when considering the moment life starts.
"Everyone looks at the evidence and comes to a view about when they think that moment is, and my own view is that 12 weeks is the right point for it … It is just my view about that incredibly difficult question about the moment that we should deem life to start," Hunt told The Sunday Times U.K. during an interview.
Hunt did not cite any specific scientific evidence to explain his position, nor did he assume any religious motives for his statement.
"It's just my view about that incredibly difficult question about the moment that we should deem life to start. I don't think the reason I have that view is for religious reasons," Hunt said.