Late abortion statistics are published after pro-life group wins court ruling

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 05 July 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d4282
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

Twenty six abortions were performed in England and Wales between 2002 and 2010 because the fetuses had cleft lips or palates, figures released after a High Court judgment show.

One, in 2005, was after 24 weeks’ gestation, the cut-off point after which abortions are legal only if (apart from cases of serious risk to the mother) there is a substantial risk that the baby would be seriously handicapped.

The Department of Health for England stopped publishing figures for abortions performed on the ground of fetal abnormality in 2003, after what the Department of Justice’s Information Tribunal called a “media …

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