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Abortion

Volume 124: debated on Friday 18 December 1987

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To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services how many mentally handicapped women have had terminations during 1986; for what reason; and at what stage in the pregnancy.

I regret that information is not available in the exact form requested from the notification of abortions. However, the tables show for 1986 the number of notifications of abortion carried out under the Abortion Act 1967 where mental retardation of the woman was mentioned, by statutory grounds and gestation in completed weeks.

Number of notifications of abortion carried out under the Abortion Act 1967 where mental retardation of the woman was mentioned,gestation in completed weeks. Residents and non-residents.
England and Wales 1986
Number
Under 13 weeks14
13 and over weeks6
Total20
Number of notifications of abortion carried out under the Abortion Act 1967 where mental retardation of the woman was mentioned, by statutory grounds. Residents and non-residents.
England and Wales 1986
Number
Grounds 2 (alone or with others)118
Other grounds2
Total20
1 Grounds 2: the continuance of the pregnancy would involve risk of injury to the physical or mental health of the pregnant woman greater than if the pregnancy were terminated.