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Question On Notice No. 651 asked in the Legislative Council on 13 March 2018 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
Question

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 July 1999 and December 2017;
(b) how many of these cases were induced abortions assigned the code for gestation range 20-25 weeks;
(c) how many of these cases were induced abortions assigned the code for gestation range 26-33 weeks; and
(d) how many of these cases were induced abortions at 26 weeks gestation or later?

Answered on 10 April 2018

I am advised that:

(a) The answer to this question has been suppressed for patient confidentiality. Provision of this figure would reveal a number less than 5 for the number of cases in 2017 when compared with the answer to Question on Notice 5, part 2(a) (11 May 2017): “As at 19 May 2017, a total of 27 cases of abortion procedures resulting in the live birth of a child have been reported between July 1999 and December 2016.”

 

(b) The answer to this question has been suppressed for patient confidentiality. Provision of this figure would reveal a number less than 5 for the number of cases in 2017 when compared with the answer to Question on Notice 308, part (a) (23 August 2017): “As at 24 August 2017, between 1 July 1999 and 31 December 2016, there were 15 induced abortions assigned the code for gestation range 20-25 weeks.”

 

(c) The answer to this question has been suppressed for patient confidentiality. Provision of this figure would reveal a number less than 5 for 34 weeks gestation or later for the period July 1999 to December 2017.

 

(d) There were 6 induced abortions at 26 weeks gestation or later in the period July 1999 to December 2017 who showed signs of life.