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Abortion

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 3 March 2009

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 the last period for which figures are available, broken down by the (a) age of the woman, (b) length of gestation of the pregnancy at referral and (c) region of residence of the woman; (259041)

(2) how many early medical abortions were performed by the British Pregnancy Advisory Service at the request of the national health service in the last year for which figures are available, broken down by the (a) age of the woman, (b) length of gestation of the pregnancy and (c) region of residence of the woman.

Information on referrals for abortion by general practitioners is not collected.

The information requested on national health service funded abortions is shown in the following tables.

Total NHS funded abortions at British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) clinics, England, 2007

Age

Number

Under 15

281

15

756

16

1,483

17

2,132

18

2,652

19

2,865

20

2,772

21

2,606

22

2,561

23

2,372

24

2,119

25

2,011

26

1,861

27

1,738

28

1,469

29

1,319

30

1,157

31

1,146

32

1,137

33

1,008

34

934

35

859

36

856

37

744

38

683

39

577

40

464

41

353

42

281

43

193

44

119

45 and over

139

Total

41,647

Gestation weeks

Number

5 and under

1,571

6

3,906

7

8,617

8

7.934

9

4,616

10

3,562

11

2,368

12

2,235

13

1,597

14

1,158

15

789

16

642

17

572

18

487

19

394

20

413

21

334

22

254

23

198

Total

41,647

Strategic health authority of residence of woman, 2007

Number

East of England

1,285

East Midlands

1,972

London

8,976

North West

3,367

North East

45

South Central

4,719

South East Coast

4,753

South West

3,627

West Midlands

9,841

Yorkshire and The Humber

3,062

Total

41,647

Total NHS funded medical abortions performed under nine weeks gestation at BPAS clinics, England, 2007

Age

Number

Under 16

136

Under 18

754

18

514

19

581

20

590

21

580

22

625

23

579

24

528

25

513

26

472

27

451

28

390

29

337

30

338

31

276

32

311

33

290

34

287

35 and over

1,506

Total

9,922

Gestation weeks

Number

5 and under

1,456

6

3,014

7

3,295

8

2,157

Total

9,922

Strategic health authority of residence of woman, 2007

Number

East of England

1

East Midlands

326

London

1,706

North West

349

North East

1

South Central

844

South East Coast

1,407

South West

1,013

West Midlands

2,811

Yorkshire and The Humber

1,143

Total

9,922

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

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the areas are with (a) high abortion and (b) repeat abortion rates, referred to in paragraph 5.31 of Healthy lives brighter futures: The strategy for children and young people's health; and if he will make a statement. (259050)

The information requested is shown in the following tables.

Primary care organisations with abortion rates for age under 18 higher than England average, 2007

Primary care organisation

Under 18 rate

England

20

5NY

Bradford and Airedale Teaching

20

5A9

Barnet

20

5JE

Barnsley

20

5NQ

Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale

20

5LC

Westminster

20

5PV

West Essex

21

5H8

Rotherham

21

5KM

Middlesbrough

21

5FE

Portsmouth City Teaching

21

5NJ

Sefton

21

5EM

Nottingham City

21

5NH

East Lancashire Teaching

21

5M3

Walsall Teaching

21

5P2

Bedfordshire

21

5PN

Peterborough

21

5N3

Wakefield District

22

5E1

North Tees

22

5EF

North Lincolnshire

22

5QJ

Bristol

22

5KL

Sunderland Teaching

22

5ET

Bassetlaw

22

5A4

Havering

22

5N1

Leeds

22

5HQ

Bolton

22

5A7

Bromley

22

5KG

South Tyneside

22

5LQ

Brighton and Hove City

22

5HG

Ashton, Leigh and Wigan

22

5D9

Hartlepool

23

5K7

Camden

23

5D7

Newcastle

23

5P8

Hastings and Rother

23

5MX

Heart of Birmingham Teaching

23

5NN

West Cheshire

23

5JX

Bury

23

5M7

Sutton and Merton

23

5PE

Dudley

23

5NM

Halton and St. Helens

24

5PF

Sandwell

24

5L3

Medway

24

5MV

Wolverhampton City

24

5AN

North East Lincolnshire

24

5PR

Great Yarmouth and Waveney

24

TAK

Bexley Care Trust

24

5PG

Birmingham East and North

24

5PJ

Stoke on Trent

25

5LH

Tameside and Glossop

25

5NX

Hull Teaching

25

5K5

Brent Teaching

25

5N4

Sheffield

25

5NK

Wirral

25

5D8

North Tyneside

26

5N5

Doncaster

26

5J4

Knowsley

26

5AT

Hillingdon

27

5NL

Liverpool

27

TAL

Torbay

27

5C4

Tower Hamlets

28

5M1

South Birmingham

29

5HY

Hounslow

29

5F5

Salford Teaching

29

5H1

Hammersmith and Fulham

29

5C1

Enfield

30

5J9

Darlington

30

5K9

Croydon

31

5LG

Wandsworth

31

5NT

Manchester

32

5MD

Coventry Teaching

32

5C2

Barking and Dagenham

32

5K8

Islington

34

5NC

Waltham Forest

35

5C3

City and Hackney Teaching

37

5C9

Haringey Teaching

38

5A8

Greenwich Teaching

38

5LF

Lewisham

40

5LD

Lambeth

44

5LE

Southwark

47

Notes:

1. Rates for PCOs are based on 2006 mid year population estimates.

2. Rates for under 18 are based on populations 15-17.

Primary care organisations with repeat abortion rates for age under 191 higher than England average, 2007

Primary care organisation

Percentage of abortions that were repeat abortions in women aged under 19

England

10

5QG

Berkshire East

10

5NY

Bradford and Airedale teaching

11

5F5

Salford Teaching

11

5A9

Barnet

11

5NL

Liverpool

11

5PG

Birmingham East and North

11

5P5

Surrey

11

5LH

Tameside and Glossop

11

5L3

Medway

11

5GC

Luton

12

5EM

Nottingham City

12

5PE

Dudley

12

5N5

Doncaster

12

5M1

South Birmingham

12

5NK

Wirral

12

5QE

Oxfordshire

12

5MX

Heart of Birmingham Teaching

12

5QF

Berkshire West

12

5J9

Darlington

12

5MK

Telford and Wrekin

12

5QA

Eastern and Coastal Kent

12

TAK

Bexley Care Trust

13

5PD

Northamptonshire Teaching

13

5P1

South East Essex

13

5A8

Greenwich Teaching

13

5C2

Barking and Dagenham

13

5M7

Sutton and Merton

13

5P4

West Hertfordshire

13

5MD

Coventry Teaching

13

5P9

West Kent

13

5A3

South Gloucestershire

13

5LG

Wandsworth

14

TAM

Solihull

14

5LQ

Brighton & Hove City

14

5LC

Westminster

14

5CC

Blackburn and Darwen Teaching

14

5K5

Brent Teaching

14

5MV

Wolverhampton City

14

5NC

Waltham Forest

14

5HX

Ealing

14

5NT

Manchester

15

5J2

Warrington

15

5K3

Swindon

15

5HY

Hounslow

15

5PV

West Essex

15

5P3

East and North Hertfordshire

15

5LF

Lewisham

15

5C5

Newham

15

5LD

Lambeth

17

TAL

Torbay

17

5LE

Southwark

17

5K9

Croydon

17

5C9

Haringey Teaching

17

5K6

Harrow

17

5C4

Tower Hamlets

18

5A7

Bromley

18

5H1

Hammersmith and Fulham

18

5AT

Hillingdon

18

5C1

Enfield

19

5K7

Camden

19

5K8

Islington

19

5NA

Redbridge

19

5LA

Kensington and Chelsea

21

5C3

City and Hackney Teaching

22

1 Data provided are for women aged under 19. A table for women aged under 18 by PCT would result in a large number of PCTs with suppressed data.