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Abortion

Volume 472: debated on Thursday 21 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many women more than 24 weeks pregnant received abortions in clinics overseas paid for in whole or in part from public funds in each of the last three years for which figures are available; how many such abortions took place in each such country; what recent representations he has received on public funding for abortions overseas; and if he will make a statement. (186243)

This information is not available.

The Department has received no representations on the public funding of abortions overseas.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many women are known to have died within one month of operations for termination of pregnancy notified under the abortion regulations in each of the last 10 years, broken down by age group. (186397)

Maternal deaths associated with termination of pregnancy that were reported to the Confidential Enquiries into Maternal Deaths for the period 1994 to 2005, are set out in the following table. The data for 2006 to 2007 are not yet available.

Maternal deaths associated with termination of pregnancy; United Kingdom 1994-2005

Triennium

Number of deaths from termination of pregnancy

2003-05

2

2000-02

5

1997-99

2

1994-96

1

Notes:

1. There were around 500,000 abortions in the UK in each three year period and hence the number of deaths represent less than 0.0001 per cent. of all abortions carried out.

2. Direct deaths (occurring during pregnancy and up to and including 42 days inclusive after termination).

3. The numbers are too small to be broken down by age group.

Source:

Figures are from the reports of the Confidential Enquiries into Maternal Deaths in the UK for the relevant triennium.