Date lodged: 4 October 2017
To ask the Scottish Government how many terminations after 24-weeks gestation have been performed in each year since the commencement of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990.
Answered by: Shona Robison 25 October 2017
The number of terminations after 24 weeks gestation (gestations of 24 weeks and over) from 1990 is displayed in Table 1.
The number of terminations of pregnancy in some individual years is very small. Disclosure control measures have been applied because of the sensitive nature of the data and also to reduce the risk of disclosing personally identifiable information.
Table1. Number of terminations of pregnancy performed after 24 weeks gestation, in Scotland, from 1990 to 2016.
Source: Notifications (to the Chief Medical Officer for Scotland) of abortions performed under the Abortion Act 1967, ISD Scotland.
Abortions in Scotland are carried out under the terms of the Abortion Act 1967. Doctors have a legal requirement to notify the Chief Medical Officer in Scotland of all abortions carried out in Scotland. Section 37(1)(d) of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990 refers to those abortions performed under Ground E of the Abortion Act, that is, there is substantial risk that if the child were born it would suffer from such physical or mental abnormalities as to be seriously handicapped.
ISD Statistical Disclosure Control Policy is available at the following link: http://www.isdscotland.org/About-ISD/Confidentiality/disclosure_protocol_v3.pdf.