Response to the campaign about abortion counselling

Department of Health’s response to the campaign about abortion counselling

The Government is committed to ensuring that women facing an unwanted pregnancy get the support they need to make a decision that is right for them. Having carefully considered all the available information on abortion counselling, the Department believes that counselling services cannot be considered in isolation from other issues such as preventing unplanned pregnancies, improving access to contraception, reducing repeat abortions and providing post-abortion counselling and support.

On 31 October, during the debate on abortion time limits, Anna Soubry, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Public Health, informed Parliament that the Government has decided not to launch a public consultation.  Ministers believe the best way to meet the commitment to improve abortion counselling services for women is to address this issue as part of a wider package of work aimed at preventing unwanted and unplanned pregnancies.  The Department will therefore set out its plans for improving abortion counselling in its upcoming sexual health policy document which it aims to publish shortly.

Last updated: 26 November 2012

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