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.
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 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 and Chorionic Villus Sampling||246||162||139||135||141||175||154||132||134||157|
|No information given2||91||82||488||248||182||161||166||144||121||132|
|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.|