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Abortion

Volume 885: debated on Tuesday 4 February 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) what is the total number of abortions notified in respect of women resident in Scotland for each of the last 10 years;(2) how many abortions have been carried out in Scotland on women not usually resident within the United Kingdom in each of the last 10 years.

The table below gives the number of abortions notified as having been carried out in Scotland since the Abortion Act 1967 came into effect during 1968 on (a) women resident in Scotland and (b) women not usually resident within the United Kingdom:

Year(a)(b)
1968 (part)1,5321
19693,52010
19705,2413
19716,3114
19727,5824
19737,4822
1974*5,2451
* Provisional figures for first nine months.

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the total number of abortion deaths in Scotland for each of the last 10 years.

The numbers of deaths classified to abortion in Scotland in each of the last 10 years are given in the table below. From information in death certificates and notifications under the Abortion Act 1967 it is known that legal abortion was associated with a few deaths which were classified to other causes; the numbers of these are also given in the table.

DEATHS FROM ABORTION, SCOTLAND, 1965–74
YearDeaths classified to abortionDeaths associated with legal abortion
196571
19664
1967
19681
196931
1970
197123
197232
197321
1974*21
* Provisional figures.

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the number of discharges from hospital in Scotland after septic abortion in each of the last 10 years.

The information is not readily available in the form requested, but the number of discharges from gynaecology units following treatment for sepsis in the uterus which might have been associated with non-legally—induced abortions for the years 1968–73 is given in the table below:

YearNumber of discharges
196848
196937
19707
197110
197210
19734
Sepsis can also occur as a complication in legally-induced abortions and the number of cases notified is given in the table below:

YearNumber of cases with sepsisPercentage of all notified a abortions
1968552·0
19691042·9
1970881·7
19711201·9
19721331·7
1973690·9