Gov Consultation Outcry
The UK Government opened a public consultation into these measures on 25th November 2020. It closed on 26th February 2021 although the results were published for a further 11 months, on 10th March 2022.
A summary of the results are:
18,834 people responded to the consultation.
18,659 responded as individual (99%)
175 responded as organisations (1%)
70% of respondents requested it be “ended immediately”
22% of respondents requested it be “made permanent”
4% responded it be extended a further year
In order to equalise the public outcry captured by these results, consultation organisers proceeded to include a separate table in the annex which separate out individual responses they deemed non inspired by campaign groups and those that were. This yielding the following result rate of:
45% requested it be ended immediately
41% requested it be made permanent
This second annexed figure has been quoted more than the first larger figure, especially in the pro-abortion secular media. Exactly what metric was used to separate the results is still not known.