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Abortion

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 27th March 2020.

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Photo of Fiona Bruce Fiona Bruce Conservative, Congleton

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many abortions were carried post 12 weeks gestation in (a) 2016, (b) 2017, (e) 2018 and (d) 2019, and in how many of those procedures painkillers were provided for the unborn child before the abortion.

Photo of Helen Whately Helen Whately Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

Holding answer received on 24 March 2020

The number of legal abortions performed after 12 weeks gestation in 2016, 2017 and 2018 is available in the attached table.

Abortion statistics for 2016, 2017 and 2018 are available at the following links:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/abortion-statistics-for-england-and-wales-2018

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/abortion-statistics-for-england-and-wales-2017

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/report-on-abortion-statistics-in-england-and-wales-for-2016

The Code of Practice outlined in the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007 prohibits the pre-release of official statistics before the due date of publication. Data on the number of legal abortions performed after 12 weeks gestation in 2019 is still being collected and requires full quality assurance prior to release. Data for 2019 will be published on 11 June at 9:30am.

Data on how many of those procedures used painkillers is not held by the Department.

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