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41,496 abortions in Act's first year

FROM the time when the Abortion Act came into force in April last year to May 27, 1969, a total of 41,496 abortions were notified in England and Wales. These figures were disclosed in the House of Commons last week by Mr. Richard Crossman, Secretary for Social Services, in a written reply to Mr. Norman St. John-Stevas, M.P.

A total of 1,827 of these abortions were performed on the ground of risk to the woman's life; 29,954 (72.2 per cent) because of the risk of injury to her physical or mental health; and 690 because of risk to the mother's health and of abnormality in the child.

About five per cent of the women concerned were normally resident outside Britain.

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