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The Department of Health keeps records from the abortion notification forms returned to the Chief Medical Officers of England and Wales in respect of abortions carried out in England and Wales.  Abortion statistics are available annually, and are available for under 18s, by PCT or Strategic Health Authority. The ONS holds data from 1991 - 2001, and From 2002, statistics on abortion are published by the Department of Health.
Main Topics/Subject Category
Legal abortions: resident status and purchaser, legal abortions: age by (i) purchaser, (ii) statutory grounds, (iii) gestation weeks, (iv) procedure, (v) marital status, (vi) ethnicity, (vii) parity, (viii) previous miscarriages, (ix) previous abortions, number of previous abortions by age, gestation weeks by purchaser and method of abortion, procedure by gestation weeks, legal abortions: numbers by primary care organisation, legal abortions: by purchaser, gestation, sexual health indicator and repeat abortions, legal abortions: by non residents by country of residence.
Legal abortion, abortion, age, gestation weeks, miscarriage, ethnicity, purchaser, sexual health, marital status
Identifier Variables
PCO, country
Area of Health System
Secondary care
Data Available
Data collecting organization (s)
Data Type
Coverage (date of field work)
1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2006, 2007
Unit of Analysis
All abortions in under 18's in England and Wales.
Conditions of Access
Free access
2007[…]/DH_085508 2006[…]/DH_075697 Data for 1991 to 2001 can be found on the Office for National Statistics website.
Wellings K and Kane R. Trends in teenage pregnancy in England and Wales: how can we explain them? Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine 1999; 92(6): 277-282