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Abortions

Volume 447: debated on Monday 5 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research her Department has (a) undertaken and (b) evaluated on the number of women who died following complications from a legal abortion; when her Department last undertook an evidence review of the number of women who died following complications from a legal abortion that drew on (i) UK and (ii) international research; and if she will make a statement. (70407)

The confidential inquiry into maternal and child health (CEMACH) investigates all maternal deaths, including those following a legal abortion, and publishes an evidence-based report, for the United Kingdom (UK), every three years. The latest report, “Why Mothers Die 2000-02”, is available on its website at:

www.cemach.org.uk

The next report for 2003-05 will be published in late summer 2007. CEMACH continues to draw on all relevant UK and international research and the report's findings inform clinical guidelines on abortion care.