Health written question – answered on 11th June 2014.

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Photo of Mark Durkan Mark Durkan Shadow SDLP Spokesperson (International Development), Shadow SDLP Spokesperson (Work and Pensions), Shadow SDLP Spokesperson (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs), Shadow SDLP Spokesperson (Home Affairs), Shadow SDLP Spokesperson (Justice), Shadow SDLP Spokesperson (Treasury)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the answer of 7 May 2014, Official Report, column 230W, on abortion, whether his Department has formed a view as to when the Royal College of Gynaecologists and Obstetricians publication, “The Care of Women Requesting Induced Abortion”, should be updated in order to take into account new research; and if he will make a statement.

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

An updated guideline, “The Care of Women Requesting induced Abortion”, was published in 2011. The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists is maintaining a watching brief on the need to review recommendations in the light of new research evidence.

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