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Abortion

Volume 130: debated on Tuesday 29 March 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will list the percentage of total abortions carried out on women normally resident outside the United Kingdom and where pregnancy was of 18 weeks or more gestation carried out by the 11 consultant gynaecologists in the private sector who undertook the largest number of such operations in each year since 1968.

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services (1) if he will list by place of residence for each year since 1968 the number of women usually resident outside the United Kingdom where pregnancy was of 18 weeks or more gestation who had an abortion in a National Health Service hospital, and the grounds under which the operations were carried out;(2) if he will list by place of residence for each year since 1968 the number of women usually resident outside the United Kingdom where pregnancy was of 18 weeks or more gestation who had an abortion in a non-National Health Service hospital or clinic, and the grounds under which the operations were carried out.

I regret that the full information requested can be provided only at disproportionate cost. However, the table shows readily available data for 1986 which may be of interest to my hon. Friend.

Notifications of abortions carried out under the Abortion Act 1967. Non-residents of England and Wales by country of usual residence and grounds. Gestation 18 completed weeks and over.
England and Wales 1986.
Country of Usual ResidenceStatutory Grounds
Total2 Alone3 With or Without 2Other1
British Isles445418261
Scotland12310617
Northern Ireland72702
Irish Republic22421851
Channel Islands and Isle of Man26242
Other European3,1013,0563510
Belgium,Luxembourg and Netherlands5454
France and Monaco1,7161,692213
German Federal
Republic and Austria1011001
Italy and Malta34233534
Spain and Portugal845832103
Rest of World14214011
1 Mentioning principally grounds 4.

Statutory Grounds;

  • 1 The continuance of the pregnancy would involve risk to the life of the pregnant woman greater than if the pregnancy were terminated,
  • 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,
  • 3 The continuance of the pregnancy would involve risk or injure to the physical or mental health of any existing child(ren) in the family of the pregnant woman greater than if the pregnancy were terminated,
  • 4 There is a substantial risk that if the child were born it would suffer from such physical or mental abnormalities as to be seriously handicapped, or in emergency, certified by the operating practitioner as immediately necessary—
  • 5 To save the life of the pregnant woman, or
  • 6 To prevent grave permanent injury to the physical or
  • 7 mental health of the pregnant woman.