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Abortion: Young People

Volume 463: debated on Thursday 19 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many children under 18 years have had an abortion in each of the last 10 years; (150367)

(2) how many children under 18 years have had a second abortion in each of the last 10 years.

The information requested is set out in the following table.

Abortions to women age under 18

Second abortions to women age under 181

1997

16,092

939

1998

17,186

1,025

1999

16,561

1,018

2000

17,082

1,119

2001

17,273

1,175

2002

17,449

1,152

2003

18,122

1,243

2004

17,892

1,208

2005

18,023

1,316

2006

18,691

1,341

1 Number of abortions to women age under 18 who have had an abortion in the year shown and who have also had one previous abortion.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many girls under the age of 18 years had abortions in each of the last three years, broken down by age. (151070)

The information requested is set out in the following table.

Total abortions to women age under 18, resident of England and Wales, 2004-06

Age

Under 141

14

15

16

17

Total under 18

2004

157

877

2,722

5,734

8,402

17,892

2005

137

946

2,703

5,733

8,504

18,023

2006

135

907

2,948

5,859

8,770

18,619

1 Totals for individual ages within the age group ‘under 14’ are suppressed for reasons of confidentiality in line with the Office for National Statistics’ guidance on the disclosure of abortion statistics (2005).

Note:

Totals refer to the number of abortions in each year not number of women, i.e. women may have more than one abortion within a calendar year.