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Abortion

Volume 474: debated on Thursday 3 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research has been (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated by his Department on the reasons for repeat abortions; and if he will make a statement. (197810)

No specific research has been commissioned or evaluated on the reasons for repeat abortions to date. The Department recently announced £26.8 million funding for 2008-09 to improve access to contraception, and some of this funding will be used to improve care pathways between abortion and contraceptive services to reduce repeat abortions.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many abortions have been performed in each licensed abortion clinic since each was licensed. (197868)

Data on the place of termination has been withheld in order to protect individuals’ confidentiality. This is in line with the Office for National Statistics’ guidance on the disclosure of abortion statistics, 2005.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the abortion rates were among people aged under (a) 18 and (b) 16 years in each of the last five years, broken down by region. (198215)

The data are shown in the following tables.

Abortion rates1 for women age under 16 and under 18 by region of residence, 2002-06

2002

2003

2004

Rate per 1,000 women

Rate per 1,000 women

Rate per 1,000 women

Region (strategic health authority (SHA)) 2002-2005

Under 16

Under 18

Under 16

Under 18

Under 16

Under 18

East

3

15

3

15

3

14

East Midlands

3

15

3

16

4

17

London

5

28

6

29

5

27

North East

5

18

5

20

5

20

North West

4

17

4

18

4

18

South East

3

15

3

15

3

16

South West

3

15

3

15

3

15

West Midlands

4

18

4

19

4

18

Yorkshire and Humber

4

17

4

17

4

18

Wales

4

16

4

17

3

16

England and Wales

3.7

17.8

3.9

18.3

3.7

17.8

20052006

Rates per 1,000 women

Rates per 1,000 women

Region (SHA) 2006

Under 16

Under 18

Under 16

Under 18

East Midlands

3

16

East of England

3

15

3

15

London

3

16

5

24

North East

5

25

5

18

North West

4

18

4

19

South Central

4

18

3

15

South East Coast

3

16

3

16

South West

3

15

3

15

West Midlands

4

19

4

20

Yorkshire and Humber

4

17

5

19

Wales

3

15

4

17

England and Wales

3.7

17.8

3.9

18.2

1 Rates for ages under 16 and under 18 are based on populations 13-15 and 15-17 respectively.