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Volume 130: debated on Wednesday 30 March 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services when he expects to publish the results of the study currently being undertaken at the request of his Department into the incidence of post-abortion stress disorder.

The collection of data for the joint Royal College of General Practitioners — Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists "Attitudes to Pregnancy" study continued until the end of 1987. The data are still being analysed. It is hoped that some information on the psychiatric sequelae of abortion will be published this year.