Abortion

Health written question – answered on 4th March 2014.

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Photo of John Glen John Glen Conservative, Salisbury

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many ground E abortions were diagnosed by (a) amniocentesis, (b) ultrasound, (c) chronic villus sampling and (d) other diagnostic tests in each of the last 10 years; what other methods of diagnosis were listed under other; and how many such diagnoses which did not result in abortion were recorded in the same period.

Photo of Jane Ellison Jane Ellison The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The information held by the Department is in the table.

Ground E covers a range of conditions, and one or more of the diagnostic methods specified in the question are likely to have been used in all pregnancies involving these conditions over the time period regardless of the outcome of the pregnancy.

Abortions performed under ground E, by method of diagnosis of the foetus, England and Wales, 2003-12
Ground E by method of diagnosis 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003
Amniocentesis alone 266 252 180 195 211 214 206 240 208 208
Amniocentesis and Chorionic Villus Sampling 16 5 12 11 21 13 19 11 8 12
Amniocentesis and Ultrasound 183 174 145 136 177 155 176 160 151 139
Amniocentesis, Ultrasound and Chorionic Villus Sampling 10 9 14 18 18 9 10 10 11 10
Chorionic Villus Sampling alone 491 421 335 362 318 326 296 287 327 313
Ultrasound alone 1,367 1,192 974 978 920 885 1,007 927 923 965
Ultrasound and Chorionic Villus Sampling 246 162 139 135 141 175 154 132 134 157
Other1 22 10 3 2 0 1 2 5 11 5
No information given2 91 82 488 248 182 161 166 144 121 132
Total 2,692 2,307 2,290 2,085 1,988 1,939 2,036 1,916 1,894 1,941
1 Notifications recorded as 'other' are not coded further. 2 Notifications where no information was given were returned to practitioners for completion from 2010 onwards.

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