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Volume 890: debated on Monday 14 April 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if she will take action in the light of the evidence submitted by the hon. Member for Wolverhampton, North-East that every day in Great Britain 500 babies are killed through abortion, that many babies take up to two hours to die after an abortion and that one six months' baby was put in an incubator and lived for several weeks.

Generalised statements about the working of the Abortion Act are difficult to investigate. My Department's Abortion Act inspectors are, however, making inquiries to see what substance there may be in the more specific allegations, and whether reference to the Director of Public Prosecutions is warranted.