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Distribution of ground E legal abortions in England and Wales 2019

Ground E abortions are those performed because of fetal abnormality at any gestation. There was a total of 3,863 ground E abortions in 2019. This statistic displays the distribution of Ground E legal abortions in England and Wales in 2019, by principal medical condition. In 2019, congenital malformations were reported as the principal medical condition in nearly half of the 3,863 cases undertaken under ground E, with approximately 22 percent of the legal abortions under ground E were performed under the principal medical condition of congenital malformation of the nervous system. Other conditions account for 18 percent of ground E abortions, this included cases where the fetus was affected by maternal factors, hydrops fetalis, Cystic Hygroma, multiple gestation, a family history of heritable disorders, and fetal disorders related to gestation and growth.

Distribution of legal abortions because of risk of serious handicap of the unborn child (Ground E) in England and Wales in 2019, by principal medical condition

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Source

Release date

July 2020

Region

United Kingdom (England, Wales)

Survey time period

2007 to 2019

Number of respondents

3,863 respondents

Supplementary notes

Ground E suggests substantial risk that if the child were born it would suffer from such physical or mental abnormalities as to be seriously handicapped.

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