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Volume 709: debated on Tuesday 24 March 2009


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are taking steps to reduce the number of abortions in the United Kingdom; and, if so, what form these take. [HL2277]

One of the aims of the Government's Sexual Health and HIV Strategy for England is to reduce the number of unintended pregnancies. From 1 April 2009, the standard National Health Service contract will include the requirement that abortion service providers should provide advice, supply and fitting of the full range of methods of contraception for women undergoing abortion.

We have invested £26.8 million in 2008-09 to improve access to contraception to improve all women's knowledge of, and access to, the full range of contraception and help reduce the number of unintended pregnancies, abortion and repeat abortions. An extra £20.5 million will be invested during 2009-10 for this purpose, including £7 million for a contraceptive choices media campaign and a further £10 million to strategic health authorities for local action.

Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many women in Scotland aged (a) 18, (b) 17, (c) 16, (d) 15, (e) 14, (f) 13 and (g) 12 years who had an abortion in (1) 2006 and (2) 2007 had (i) one, (ii) two, (iii) three, (iv) four, and (v) five or more previous abortions. [HL2278]