Abortions

Health written question – answered on 14th June 2005.

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Photo of Stephen Crabb Stephen Crabb Conservative, Preseli Pembrokeshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Health

(1) how many pregnancies were terminated in the United Kingdom in each year between 1975 and 2005 at fewer than (a) 28 weeks, (b) 24 weeks, (c) 22 weeks and (d) 12 weeks;

(2) how many terminations of pregnancy were carried out in the United Kingdom in each year between 1975 and 2005;

(3) how many patients under the age of 16 years had pregnancies terminated in each year between 1975 and 2004.

Photo of Caroline Flint Caroline Flint Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health)

The available information is shown in the tables. The annual abortion data for 2004 will be published in July; the annual data for 2006 will be published next summer.

Legal abortions: total number of abortions, number of abortions at age under 16, and abortions by gestation(26), residents of England and Wales, 1975 to 2003
Age in years Gestation weeks(27)
Total under 16 0 to 11 12 to 19 20 to 23 24 and over
1975 106,224 3,570 74,464 26,993 847 124
1976 101,912 3,345 72,442 24,935 811 164
1977 102,677 3,581 73,218 24,712 912 183
1978 111,851 3,298 79,301 27,138 1,249 261
1979 120,611 3,534 84,634 30,004 1,486 281
1980 128,927 3,650 90,472 32,001 1,853 381
Age in years Gestation weeks(27)
Total under 16 0 to 12 13 to 22 23 to 24 25 and over
1981 128,581 3,531 108,472 18,694 296 104
1982 128,553 3,852 110,148 17,958 290 78
1983 127,375 4,087 108,861 18,021 311 87
1984 136,388 4,158 117,414 18,396 447 57
1985 141,101 4,002 122,252 18,354 440 31
1986 147,619 3,894 128,658 18,509 420 26
1987 156,191 3,765 135,782 19,911 463 24
1988 168,298 3,568 145,969 21,725 569 23
1989 170,463 3,383 149,765 20,166 511 19
1990 173,900 3,422 152,666 20,801 407 21
1991 167,376 3,158 147,494 19,444 380 58
1992 160,501 3,000 142,166 17,976 304 53
1993 157,846 3,083 140,405 17,035 342 61
Age in years Gestation weeks2
Total under 16 0 to 12 13 to 22 23 to 24 25–27
1994 156,539 3,246 139,207 16,927 323 49
1995 154,315 3,270 137,696 16,226 330 25
1996 167,916 3,645 148,819 18,614 397 59
1997 170,145 3,434 151,667 18,013 399 36
1998 177,871 3,759 158,327 19,036 445 30
Age in years Gestation weeks(27)
Total under 16 0 to 12 13 to 20 21 to 23(28) 24–27
1999 173,701 3,603 154,682 17,274 1,654 58
2000 175,542 3,748 154,908 18,790 1,745 65
2001 176,364 3,658 154,869 19,458 1,936 66
Age in years Gestation weeks(27)
Total under 16 4 to 12 13 to 21 22 to 23(28) 24–27
2002 175,932 3,733 153,730 20,840 1,245 73
Age in years Gestation weeks
Total under 16 4 to 12 13 to 21 22 and over
2003 181,582 3,967 158,449 21,768 1,365

(26) The way gestation length has been grouped for publication has changed several times since 1975 and this is reflected in the tables.

(27) Figures by gestation may not add to the total as they include terminations at gestations over 27 weeks and terminations at gestations unknown.

(28) Includes 24 weeks and 0 days.

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