Abortion

House of Lords written question – answered on 25th February 2013.

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Photo of Lord Alton of Liverpool Lord Alton of Liverpool Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 4 February (WA 1), which mothers' countries of origin display a gender imbalance in the birth ratio, and what in each case is the size of that imbalance.

Photo of Earl Howe Earl Howe The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

Recent analysis has shown that women from some countries had birth ratios different from that of the United Kingdom as a whole; i.e. 100 female births to 105 male births. There are many possible causes of these ratios. The department is carrying out further analysis of related data. We do not consider it is in the public interest to disclose details of the countries in question while this analysis is under way as it is not currently possible to conclude that these variations are the result of intervention rather than natural variation.

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