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Abortion statistics in England and Wales

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

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 to the Chief Medical Officer.

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) 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 abortion statistics are used for research.

DHSC 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

Email: abortion.statistics@dh.gsi.gov.uk

Telephone: 020 7972 5537

Documents

  1. Abortion statistics for England and Wales: 2017
  2. Abortion statistics for England and Wales: 2016
  3. Report on abortion statistics in England and Wales for 2015
  4. Abortion statistics, England and Wales: 2015
  5. Report on abortion statistics in England and Wales for 2014
  6. Abortion statistics, England and Wales: 2014
  7. Abortion statistics: protocols on disclosing personal data
  8. Reporting of abortions with fetal abnormalities 2013
  9. Abortion notification forms for England and Wales
  10. Report on abortion statistics in England and Wales for 2013
  11. Abortion statistics, England and Wales: 2013
  12. Report on abortion statistics in England and Wales for 2012
  13. Abortion statistics, England and Wales: 2012
  14. Report on abortion statistics in England and Wales for 2011
  15. Abortion statistics, England and Wales: 2011
Published 11 July 2013
Last updated 7 June 2018 + show all updates
  1. Added 'Abortion statistics for England and Wales: 2017' to collection.
  2. Added 2016 abortion statistics.
  3. First published.