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Volume 461: debated on Wednesday 20 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps her Department is taking to reduce the number of repeat abortions; and if she will make a statement. (144154)

It is a key aim of the Government to reduce unintended pregnancy rates, including repeat abortions, as featured in both the sexual health and teenage pregnancy strategies, and provision of good quality contraceptive services are essential to achieve this. Women who have undergone abortion are an important group and often have unmet contraceptive needs.

We will be issuing best practice guidance on reproductive healthcare later this year aimed at commissioners and providers emphasising the need to develop strong links between abortion and contraceptive services.

We are also examining the feasibility of undertaking pilots to provide women with tailored contraceptive packages following abortion. The pilots will also examine which groups of women are most vulnerable to repeat abortion.