Abortion

Health written question – answered on 1st July 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 were performed in each of the last five years; and how many and what proportion of such procedures were performed (a) to save the life of the mother and (b) in cases of rape.

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

The number of abortions performed under ground A (section 1(1)(c) of the 1967 Abortion Act, the continuance of the pregnancy would involve risk to the life of the pregnant woman greater than if the pregnancy were terminated) and under ground F (section 1(4), to save the life of the pregnant women) for 2009-13, resident in England and Wales is shown in the following table.

Information about abortions due to rape is not collected by the Department.

  Ground    
  A F Ground A and F as a proportion of all grounds abortions (%) Total number of abortions (all grounds)
2009 56 0 Less than 0.1 189,100
2010 41 0 Less than 0.1 189,574
2011 45 1 Less than 0.1 189,931
2012 60 0 Less than 0.1 185,122
2013 56 0 Less than 0.1 185,331

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