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Abortion in Clinics Overseas

Volume 472: debated on Thursday 21 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the (i) number of and (ii) reasons for UK women over 24 weeks gestation receiving abortions in clinics overseas; when the last such evaluation took place; whether it drew upon research undertaken in the UK; and if he will make a statement. (186373)

The Department has neither commissioned nor evaluated research on the number or causes of United Kingdom women over 24 weeks gestation undergoing abortions in clinics overseas. Such data would be difficult or impossible to collect reliably.