HC Deb 07 November 1989 vol 159 c554W
26. Mr. Alton

To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the 1976 study of post-abortion syndrome, commissioned from the Royal College of General Practitioners, will be published.

Mrs. Virginia Bottomley

This is a major United Kingdom study of the short and long-term sequelae of abortion. Since it began in 1976 papers have been published covering induced abortions and their early sequelae; the outcome of pregnancy following induced abortion; and the sequelae of induced abortion. I understand that completion of the analysis of the large amount of data collected by the researchers is taking much longer than expected. They hope to be in a position to produce a final report in the middle of next year.