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Question On Notice No. 2106 asked in the Legislative Council on 7 May 2019 by Hon Nick Goiran

Question Directed to the: Parliamentary Secretary representing the Deputy Premier; Minister for Health; Mental Health
Minister responding: Hon R.H. Cook
Parliament: 40 Session: 1
Question

I refer to question on notice 1890 answered on 4 April 2019, and I ask:
(a) what were the five most common reasons for the 86 approvals provided by the Ministerial Panel for abortions at 20 weeks or later; and
(b) what were the five most common reasons for the 83 induced abortions at 20 weeks gestation or later?

Answered on 12 June 2019

I am advised:

(a) Approval of termination of pregnancy by the Ministerial Panel after 20 weeks of gestation is for severe maternal and/or fetal conditions. The cases approved are complex and often involve multiple organ defects in the fetus or a complex of both maternal and fetal issues. The decision to approve a termination weighs the overall situation for the mother and fetus and is rarely based on a single issue. The following list is compiled in terms of the most common reasons.

  • Primary maternal conditions
  • Primary fetal conditions
  • Neurological
  • Cardiac
  • Chromosomal
  • Complex other

 

(b) For the period January to December 2018, the five most common reasons for the 83 induced abortions at 20 weeks gestation or later were

  1. Fetal chromosomal anomalies
  2. Maternal conditions
  3. Fetal cardiac anomalies
  4. Fetal central nervous system anomalies
  5. Other rare fetal conditions