Abortion statistics, England and Wales

Data sets and publications relating to abortion statistics for England and Wales.


  1. Documents

In England and Wales, within the terms of the Abortion Act 1967, only a registered practitioner can terminate a pregnancy. Practitioners carrying out an abortion must complete an abortion notification form (HSA4) and submit it the Chief Medical Officer.

The Department of Health (DH) has a responsibility to monitor the Abortion Act and produce abortion statistics. It has processes in place to check the abortion notification forms and to publish the subsequent data.

Using abortion statistics

With approval from the Chief Medical Officer, the abortions statistics are used for research. DH publishes:

Abortion statistics before 2011

Abortion statistics on this site start at 2011. Statistics for previous years are available on the National Archives website.

Contact the abortion statistics team

Telephone: 020 7972 5537