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Abortion: Health Services

Question for Department of Health

UIN 112541, tabled on 13 November 2017

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what post-abortion support is provided by his Department; and if he will make a statement.

Answered on

16 November 2017

The Department does not directly provide post-abortion support. The Secretary of State for Health approves independent sector providers to perform abortions and all providers must agree to comply with the Department’s Required Standard Operating Procedures (RSOPs). The RSOPs require all providers to have protocols in place covering the support that should be in place for women following an abortion procedure, including post-abortion counselling for those women who require it.

Arrangements for post-abortion support in National Health Service hospitals is a matter for local policy.

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