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ABORTION FIGURES ARE UP YET AGAIN

 

The number of abortions performed in 1998 for England and Wales demonstrated another increase over previous years.  There are currently over 500 abortions a day in England and Wales alone.

(Office for National Statistics, 1998 Abortion Statistics).

Abortion Numbers

Year

Total No. Abortions

Residents UK

Non Residents

Rate per 1,000 women (UK only)**

1998

187,402

177,871

9,531

13.92

1997

179,746

170,145

9,601

13.28

1996

177,495

167,916

9,579

13.03

1995

163,638

154,315

9,323

11.99

1994

166,876

156,539

10,337

12.18

1993

168,714

157,846

10,868

12.30

1992

172,069

160,501

11,568

12.51

1991

179,522

167,376

12,146

13.06

** This rate is based on abortions at all ages in relation to the population of resident women aged 14-49

 

Grounds indicated for abortion - age of mother

Grounds

Total

<15

15

16-19

20-24

25-29

30-34

35-39

40-44

45+

A (alone or with B,C,D)

106

0

0

11

17

26

25

23

4

0

B

1,941

18

28

364

462

429

327

237

70

6

B (with C or D)

89

1

2

9

19

20

24

9

5

0

C

162,701

1,080

2,623

32,209

43,001

36,584

26,545

15,487

4,698

440

D (alone or with C)

11,202

3

2

543

2,029

3,029

3,029

2,042

663

51

E

1,704

1

1

97

216

465

465

354

125

11

E (with A,B,C or D)

126

0

0

3

20

34

34

22

11

3

F or G

2

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

Note, that only 2 abortions were performed to save the life or to prevent grave permanent injury to the mother.

Age of baby when aborted

Gestation weeks

Total

<15

15

16-19

20-24

25-29

30-34

35-39

40-44

45+

Under 9

73,625

346

797

10,900

18,013

18,052

13,965

8,539

2,747

11

9 - 12

84,702

530

1,344

17,293

22,441

18,610

13,798

8,100

2,351

22

13 - 19

17,229

199

440

4,460

4,757

3,243

2,363

1,334

420

1

20+

2,315

28

75

583

585

461

323

201

58

0

Abortions can be legally carried out until birth if the baby is disabled, however for "normal" babies the upper time limit is 24 weeks gestation.

 

Statutory grounds for abortions - explained

A legally induced abortion must be, certified by two registered medical practitioners as justified under one or more of the following grounds:

A the continuance of the pregnancy would involve risk to the life of the pregnant woman greater than if the pregnancy were terminated.

B the termination is necessary to prevent grave permanent injury to the physical or mental health of the pregnant woman.

C the continuance of the pregnancy would involve risk, greater than if the pregnancy were terminated, of injury to the physical or mental health of the pregnant woman.

D the continuance of the pregnancy would involve risk, greater than if the pregnancy were terminated, of injury to the physical or mental abnormalities as to be seriously handicapped.

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.

Or in emergency, certified by the operating practitioner as immediately necessary -

F to save the life of the pregnant woman; or

G to prevent grave permanent injury to the physical or mental health of the pregnant woman.

 

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