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Pregnancies

Volume 124: debated on Tuesday 15 December 1987

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To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services whether he will publish a table in the Official Report to show for each of the last 10 years the number of pregnancies which were alleged to have occurred as a result of rape; of these, how many were ended by abortion; and in what age groups, and what numbers in each of those age groups, such pregnancies and abortions occurred in each of these years.

The number of pregnancies which were alleged to have occurred as a result of rape is not known. Statistics of the number of mentions of rape on the abortion notification forms can be provided reliably only for 1987 and subsequent years. The figures for 1987 are expected to be available after May 1988.