HC Deb 19 April 1988 vol 131 c374W
Mr. Bowis

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services, what information he has as to the medical circumstances which created the need for abortions to be performed in emergency to save the life of the mother in those 126 such cases which have arisen since 1967; and if he will indicate the number of times each of those conditions has been a relevant factor.

Mr. Newton

The information requested is shown in the table.

Notifications of abortions performed in emergency in order to save the life of the pregnant woman, carried out under the Abortion Act 1967, by medical condition stated. England and Wales, April 1968-September 1987 (provisional)
Condition Number
Placenta praevia and other antepartum haemorrhage 9
Eclampsia 16
Pre-eclampsia 30
Other hypertension 6
Hyperemesis gravidarum 6
Ectopic pregnancy 4
Other obstetric causes 8
Infectious diseases 4
Neoplasms 11
Mental disorders 6
Circulatory disorders 11
Other conditions 15
Total 126