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Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 10 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many terminations of pregnancies where severe disability was suspected were carried out in the most recent 12 month period for which figures are available. (254563)

[holding answer 5 February 2009]: There were 1,939 abortions performed under section l(l)(d) of the Abortion Act in England and Wales in 2007, the last year for which figures are available. The full table showing the breakdown by principal medical condition for abortions performed under section 1(1)(d) is available in the Abortion Statistics, England and Wales: 2007, copies of which have been placed in the Library.