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Parliamentary Questions

Question On Notice No. 2060 asked in the Legislative Council on 2 April 2019 by Hon Nick Goiran

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

I refer to the cases of babies who show signs of life after an abortion procedure, and I ask:
(a) what is the total number of these cases between 20 May 1998 and 31 December 2018;
(b) how many of these cases were induced abortions at 20 weeks gestation and later;
(c) how many of these cases were induced at abortions at 23 weeks and later; and
(d) in how many of these cases was medical intervention or resuscitation provided?

Answered on 14 May 2019

I am advised:

(a) As at 3 April 2019, a total of 26 cases of abortion procedures resulting in a live birth have been reported between July 1999 to December 2018.

(b) Of the cases in (a), 20 were at 20 weeks gestation or later.

(c) Data is not available for this gestation period.

(d) In the Department of Health routine data collections, there is no record of medical intervention or resuscitation in these cases.


Values for parts (a) and (b) have changed since previous Questions on Notice, subsequent to ongoing review and clinical input.