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Abortion: Private Sector

Question for Department of Health

UIN 119530, tabled on 14 December 2017

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to ensure that private abortion providers give clients adequate time to make their own decisions on abortion; and if he will make a statement.

Answered on

21 December 2017

All independent sector providers of termination of pregnancy services are required by the Department’s Required Standard Operating Procedures (RSOPs) to ensure that women requesting an abortion are offered the opportunity to discuss their options and choices with, and receive therapeutic support from, a trained pregnancy counsellor. This offer should be repeated at every stage of the care pathway.

In addition, women should be able to choose to delay appointments/booked procedures which should always override issues of timeliness.

Independent sector clinics performing termination of pregnancy are approved by the Secretary of State for Health and registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) to undertake that regulated activity. Once registered, independent sector abortion providers are inspected by the CQC who will monitor providers’ compliance with the RSOPs. Failure to comply with the requirements of the RSOPs may lead to withdrawal of Secretary of State’s approval for that clinic to provide termination of pregnancy services.