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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-11805: Alex Cole-Hamilton (Edinburgh Western)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

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.

Year

1990-1992

1993-1995

1996-1998

1999-2001

2002-2004

2005-2007

2008-2010

2011-2013

2014-2016

Number

20

20

15

20

19

13

22

24

37

Source: Notifications (to the Chief Medical Officer for Scotland) of abortions performed under the Abortion Act 1967, ISD Scotland.
Ref: IR2017-01603

Notes

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.