The Abortion Act 1967 permits termination of a pregnancy by a registered medical practitioner subject to certain conditions. This webpage provides links to further information about abortion published on the Department of Health website, and other related sites. For ease, the links are arranged in three main areas: Legislation relating to the Abortion Act; Information for Clinicians; Completion of abortion forms and statistics.
Information for women seeking an abortion can be found on the NHS Choices website
This document giving an overview on the Department’s role in monitoring the Abortion Act and producing statistics:
In order to monitor the Abortion Act and produce statistics, the information is processed and checked. Details of the checks that are carried out can be found in the attached document.
Gateway reference: 16434
The HSA4 form contains highly sensitive personal data. Confidentiality is of utmost importance. More information on confidentiality will be available shortly. (Published in May 2011 the document is still current)
If you have questions about abortion statistics or wish to submit HSA4 forms on line either use the email addresses below or telephone 020 7972 5537. Both email addresses are checked regularly.
A named contact is not given to avoid the risks to Department of Health statistical staff engendered by the emotive nature of the subject matter.
The Abortion Act 1967, as amended by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990, governs abortions in England and Wales. legal requirements apply to the certification and notification of abortion procedures. Within the terms of the Abortion Act, only a registered practitioner can terminate a pregnancy. The notification form must be completed by the doctor taking responsibility for the procedure. Follow the links below to relevant statutory requirements.
- Abortion Act 1967
- The Abortion Regulations 1991
- The Abortion (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2002
- The Abortion (Amendment) Regulations 2008
Forms HSA1, HSA2 and HSA4 are available from the DH Publications Orderline, Tel: 0300 123 1002. Follow the links below to see forms and guidance notes.
Statistics and research
The following links give information on how the data is coded and held electronically on the abortion statistics database. There are links to the DH statistical publications as well as other abortion and conception data publications.
- The use of abortion statistics (PDF, 38K)
- Statistical Bulletins 1991-2001 are available upon request. Please email the abortion statistics mailbox. Email: email@example.com
- Additional Freedom of Information data releases
- Scottish Statistics (opens new window)
- Protocol for the release of confidential abortions data for bona fide research purposes
- Coding for information recorded on the HSA4 abortion notification form