National Statistics: Abortion statistics for England and Wales: 2019

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This report sets out and comments on abortion statistics in England and Wales for 2019.

The statistics are obtained from the abortion notification forms returned to the chief medical officers of England and Wales.

Published 11 June 2020
Last updated 1 April 2021 +show all updates

  1. Updated ‘Freedom of information and other data releases’ to include 2 new requests: 1) Legal abortions: abortions performed under ground E, by gestation, residents of Northern Ireland, 2019; 2) Legal abortions: residents of Northern Ireland taking place in England and Wales, 1970 to 2019.

  2. Updated ‘Freedom of information and other data releases’ to include one new request: Legal abortions: by parity (number of previous pregnancies resulting in a live or stillbirth), residents of England and Wales, 2019.

  3. Updated ‘Freedom of information and other data releases’ to include 2 new requests: 1) Legal abortions: by parity (number of previous pregnancies resulting in live or still birth), residents of England and Wales, 2019; 2) Legal abortions: by age group and parity (number of previous pregnancies resulting in live or still birth), residents of England, 2019.

  4. Updated ‘Abortion statistics 2019: freedom of information and other data releases’ to include one new request: Legal abortions: complications by gestation, 2019.

  5. Updated ‘Abortion statistics 2019: freedom of information and other data releases’ to include 2 new requests: 1) FOI-1254314: abortion service providers: numbers by local authority and region, 2019; 2) FOI-1258478: in the year 2019, what are the top 5 reasons cited, under Ground C abortions where mental and not physical health is cited?

  6. Updated ‘Abortion statistics 2019: freedom of information and other data releases’ to include one new request: Legal abortions: rates by age and local authority, Suffolk, residents, 2019.


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