HC Deb 26 July 1990 vol 177 c428W
Ms. Richardson

To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he will list the number of maternal deaths in 1989 from(a) all causes, (b) abortion, illegal, legal and spontaneous and (c) unknown methods of abortion; and what percentage of maternal deaths were due to abortions of all types.

Mr. Dorrell

The information is as follows:

Number of maternal deaths in England and Wales 1989
Cause Number of deaths
(a) Spontaneous, legally induced, and illegally induced abortions1
(b) Unknown method of abortion2
(c) Ectopic pregnancy and other abortive outcome3 6
(d) Total maternal deaths4 56


8.9 per cent. of maternal deaths were due to abortions of ally types.

1 Assigned to the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) codes 634–636.

2 Assigned to ICD code 637.

3 Assigned to ICD codes 630–633, 638–639.

4 Assigned to ICD codes 630–676.

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