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Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 3 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department defines long acting reversible methods of contraception act as abortifacient; and if he will make a statement. (259040)

No form of contraception, including long acting reversible methods is an abortifacient. On 18 April 2002, Justice Mumby ruled that the supply and use of emergency contraception is lawful and that the prevention of implantation, which is brought about by emergency contraception products, which include the insertion of an intrauterine device, does not amount to procuring a miscarriage under the 1861 Offences Against the Person Act.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many women in each (a) age group and (b) NHS trust area had subdermal implants removed in each of the last 10 years. (259643)