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Abortions

Volume 79: debated on Friday 24 May 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will publish data on the number of abortions for each week over 19 weeks for each of the last five years; if he will subdivide the data according to whether the abortion was carried out in a private or a National Health Service hospital; and whether or not the foetus was deformed.

[pursuant to his reply, 17 May 1985, c. 255 -6]: We do not collect information about the condition of the aborted foetus.The remaining data requested can be provided only at disproportionate cost. However, readily available information is given in the table, which relates to the numbers of legal abortions carried out under the Abortion Act of 1967 which were notified by the end of February following the data year.

Legal abortions (total and non-resident) by period of gestation 19 to 28 weeks; all premises, NHS and private sector for resident only 1981 to 1983 (England and Wales)
1981
Gestation(weeks)TotalNon-residentsResidents
TotalNHSNon NHS*
191,630731899212687
201,315585730280450
21577294283113170
2272041830289213
2348932416535130
242761451313497
256317461630
266216462125
27145954
28†
* Associated with severe fetal abnormality
† Includes operations carried out in the private sector on NHS patients

Note:

In March 1981 a new notification form was introduced which seeks a direct statement of gestation and the basis on which it is derived. Previously gestation was calculated as the number of completed weeks between the stated date of last menstrual period and date of operation.

1982

Gestation(weeks)

Total

Non-residents

Residents

Total

NHS

Non NHS*

191,792842950237713
201,262552710299411
2162234827472202
2285351933484250
2347730717027143
2435924011916103
254812361224
264310331617
278266
28†333

* Associated with severe fetal abnormality

† Includes operations carried out in the private sector on NHS patients

1983

Gestation(weeks)

Total

Non-residendts

Residents

Total

NHS

Non NHS*

191,606742864214650
201,321659662272390
2165132133075255
2293657935779278
2345129116031129
2440825715132119
25395341321
26415361620
271414131
28†222

* Associated with severe fetal abnormality

† Includes operations carried out in the private sector on NHS patients