§ Mr. Amess
To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will seek to obtain from the United States Government the number of abortions per state performed on girls aged 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18 years, according to gestation, in each year since 1985;
(2) if he will seek to obtain from the United States Government the number of abortions per state performed on women aged 18 to 24 years, 25 to 30 years, 30 to 35 years and 35 years and over, according to each gestational week, in each year since 1985.
§ Mrs. Virginia Bottomley
I understand that the most recent federal abortion statistics for the United States were published in September 1989 for the years 1984–85. The data are collected and published by the centres for disease control (CDC), United States Department of Health and Human Services, Atlanta, Georgia 30333. Some more recent abortion statistics were published in the CDC's morbidity and mortality weekly report on 29 September 1989 but not in the form requested.