HC Deb 25 October 1973 vol 861 cc612-3W
Mrs. Renée Short

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what evidence exists in England and Wales, taking into account the experience in Aberdeen of legally induced abortion, to substantiate the views put to the Lane Committee by two non-medically-qualified persons that abortion carried out early in pregnancy, and by medical practitioners, has adverse effects on subsequent children which are greater than if the initial pregnancy had gone to term.

Sir K. Joseph

I am sure the Lane Committee will carefully consider both the medical and lay evidence on this important question and no doubt its conclusions will be contained in its report. I hope to receive this report before the end of the year.