Abortion: Counselling

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 30th January 2020.

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Photo of Fiona Bruce Fiona Bruce Conservative, Congleton

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to help improve the (a) quality and (b) access to counselling services provided to women considering an abortion.

Photo of Caroline Dinenage Caroline Dinenage Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

Abortion counselling should also be available for those women who request it. Abortions provided by independent sector abortion providers must meet the Required Standard Operating Procedures (RSOPs) set out in the Department’s Procedures for the Approval of Independent Sector Places for the Termination of Pregnancy (Abortion). The RSOPs require that all women requesting an abortion should be offered the opportunity to discuss their options and choices with a trained counsellor and this offer should be regularly repeated. Post abortion counselling should also be available for those women who require it.

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