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Question for Department of Health

UIN HL3130, tabled on 8 November 2016

To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are taking action to reduce the number of late term abortions for reasons of disability; and if so, what.

Answered on

22 November 2016

Guidance from the Royal College of Obstetricians and GynaecologistsThe Care of Women Requesting Induced Abortion (Evidence-based Clinical Guideline Number 7) already makes it clear that women and their partners should receive appropriate information and support from a properly trained multidisciplinary team, who must adopt a non-judgemental approach regardless of the woman’s decision. This should include referral to other professional experts (including palliative care) and referral for counselling when this can help, as part of a co-ordinated package of care. A copy of the guidance is attached.