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House of Lords written question – answered on 13th May 2002.

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Photo of Lord McColl of Dulwich Lord McColl of Dulwich Conservative

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What is the total number of abortions performed since 1968; how many were to save the life of the mother; and what percentage this represents of the total.

Photo of Lord Hunt of Kings Heath Lord Hunt of Kings Heath Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department of Health, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health)

The number of abortions performed in England and Wales on residents of England and Wales in the years 1968 to 2000 was 4.38 million. Of these 39,400, representing 0.9 per cent of the total, were performed under sections 1(1)(c) and 1(4) of the Abortion Act 1967. These are cases where the continuance of the pregnancy would involve risk to the life of the pregnant woman, greater than if the pregnancy were terminated or where the termination is immediately necessary to save the life or to prevent grave permanent injury to the physical or mental health of the pregnant women. Rebo

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