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Abortion

Volume 472: debated on Monday 25 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many women were referred by national health service GPs to the British Pregnancy Advisory Service for an abortion in each of the last four years for which figures are available; and what the (a) age of the woman, (b) gestation of the pregnancy and (c) region of residence was in each case; (186241)

(2) how many early medical abortions were performed by the British Pregnancy Advisory Service at the request of the national health service in each of the last four years, broken down by (a) age of the woman, (b) gestation of the pregnancy and (c) region of residence.

The information requested is shown in the following tables.

Total national health service funded abortions at the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) clinics, England, 2003 to 2006

Age

2003

2004

2005

2006

Under 15

233

192

206

235

15

524

533

564

668

16

1,140

1,224

1,225

1,286

17

1,656

1,750

1,801

1,929

18

1,833

1,990

1,993

2,488

19

1,906

2,181

2,200

2,605

20

1,895

2,131

2,333

2,483

21

1,779

1,967

1,983

2,447

22

1,706

1,945

2,019

2,213

23

1,642

1,805

1,873

2,233

24

1,438

1,803

1,714

2,065

25

1,198

1,506

1,627

1,878

26

1,161

1,241

1,451

1,684

27

995

1,227

1,167

1,435

28

913

1,099

1,161

1,393

29

885

966

1,039

1,148

30

856

963

952

1,153

31

786

891

926

1,034

32

749

831

914

992

33

688

762

820

928

34

608

721

795

876

35

601

662

674

832

36

593

641

690

774

37

533

567

597

707

38

443

521

526

597

39

392

424

459

540

40

325

368

406

469

41

244

298

289

415

42

163

214

244

236

43

129

131

154

200

44

57

88

92

121

45 and over

165

74

86

145

Total

28,136

31,716

32,980

38,209

1 Includes age not stated. For years 2004 onwards age not stated are allocated to ages 20-24

Gestation weeks

2003

2004

2005

2006

5 and under

188

347

916

1,254

6

1,176

1,733

2,959

3,609

7

3,510

5,076

7,004

7,854

8

5,037

5,800

6,101

7,017

9

3,674

3,950

3,589

4,298

10

3,508

3,350

2,851

3,241

11

2,126

2,227

1,777

2,152

12

2,161

2,130

1,766

1,962

13

1,259

1,523

1,165

1,429

14

950

1,078

950

1,124

15

952

942

816

819

16

539

555

627

631

17

731

734

593

641

18

628

545

441

515

19

393

399

470

450

20

331

341

398

410

21

378

398

282

337

22

355

351

165

240

23

240

237

110

226

Total

28,136

31,716

32,980

38,209

Strategic health authority (SHA)1 of residence of woman

2003

2004

2005

East

857

884

1,075

East Midlands

1,349

1,719

1,416

London

5,053

5,921

6,177

North West

2,362

2,814

2,983

North East

41

51

54

South East

7,502

8,001

8,089

South West

2,557

3,156

3,143

West Midlands

6,009

6,618

7,095

Yorkshire and Humber

2,406

2,552

2,948

Total

28,136

31,716

32,980

SHA1 of residence of woman

2006

East of England

1,163

East Midlands

1,698

London

7,655

North West

3,367

North East

56

South Central

4,632

South East Coast

4,345

South West

3,282

West Midlands

8,570

Yorkshire and the Humber

3,441

Total

38,209

1 Changed boundaries in 2006

Total NHS funded medical abortions performed under nine weeks gestation at BPAS clinics, England, 2003 to 2006

Age

2003

2004

2005

2006

Under 16

2

2

61

99

Under 18

107

142

364

585

18

76

129

237

459

19

83

152

295

486

20

85

161

314

436

21

105

148

295

468

22

106

145

304

464

23

99

161

302

484

24

103

161

260

452

25

70

143

302

413

26

75

124

287

407

27

69

140

236

343

28

60

108

219

336

29

72

106

197

263

30

71

99

177

330

31

47

95

186

251

32

54

89

175

263

33

56

80

167

232

34

43

73

171

246

35 and over

255

427

869

1,282

Total

1,636

2,683

5,357

8,200

Gestation weeks

2003

2004

2005

2006

5 and under

134

245

780

1,159

6

465

717

1,611

2,581

7

585

1,012

1,851

2,757

8

452

709

1,115

1,703

Total

1,636

2,683

5,357

8,200

SHA1 of residence of woman

2003

2004

2005

East

43

2

2

East Midlands

2

78

105

London

362

582

956

North West

74

97

196

North East

2

2

2

South East

507

913

1,468

South West

85

192

511

West Midlands

348

597

1,291

Yorkshire and Humber

173

171

734

Total

1,636

2,683

5,357

SHA1 of residence of woman

2006

East of England

2

East Midlands

209

London

1,342

North West

298

North East

2

South Central

750

South East Coast

1,085

South West

921

West Midlands

2,524

Yorkshire and the Humber

886

Total

8,200

1 SHA changed boundaries in 2006.

2 Suppressed totals less than 10 (between 0 and 9) and values where a presented total would reveal a suppressed value.