Health written question – answered on 27th March 2014.

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Photo of Sir David Amess Sir David Amess Conservative, Southend West

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many abortions there were at (a) 26 weeks and (b) each week after the 26th in each category of grounds for termination in 2012.

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

Information is in the following table:

Abortions by gestation 26 weeks and over, residents of England and Wales, 2012
Gestation week Number
26 18
27 15
28 8
29 8
30 13
31 9
32 8
33 7
34 3
35 4
36 3
37 2
40 1
Total 99

All 99 abortions were performed under Ground E, there is substantial risk that if the child were born it would suffer from such physical or mental abnormalities as to be seriously handicapped (section l(l)(d)).

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