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Abortion statistics, England and Wales: 2007

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    Department of Health
  • Published date:
    19 June 2008
  • Gateway reference:
    Not applicable
  • Series number:
    Statistical Bulletin 2008/1
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Information on abortions carried out in England and Wales in 2007 was released on 19 June 2008 according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority

The information is obtained from the abortion notification forms returned to the Chief Medical Officers of England and Wales

Key facts

In 2007, for women resident in England and Wales:

  • the total number of abortions was 198,500, compared with 193,700 in 2006, a rise of 2.5%
  • the age-standardised abortion rate was 18.6 per 1,000 resident women aged 15-44, compared with 18.3 in 2006
  • the abortion rate was highest at 36 per 1,000, for women age 19
  • the under-16 abortion rate was 4.4 and the under- 18 rate was 19.8 per 1,000 women, both higher than in 2006
  • 89% of abortions were funded by the NHS; of these, just over half (57%) took place in the independent sector under NHS contract
  • 90% of abortions were carried out at under 13 weeks gestation; 70% were at under 10 weeks
  • medical abortions accounted for 35% of the total compared with 30% in 2006
  • 1,900 abortions (1%) were under ground E, risk that the child would be born handicapped


  • in 2007, there were 7,100 abortions for non-residents carried out in hospitals and clinics in England and Wales (7,400 in 2006)

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