To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether he plans to increase the availability of post-abortion support provided by his Department; and if he will make a statement.
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.