Lord Alton receives answer to Parliamentary Questions on BPAS
Lord Alton has received an answer to Written Parliamentary Questions on the leading abortion provider, the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS). In his first question, Lord Alton asked the Government for the number of abortions undertaken annually by BPAS and the total annual revenue BPAS receives from public funds. In his second question, Lord Alton asked the Government whether it has made representations to BPAS about the statement on page eight of its publication ‘Britain’s Abortion Law: what it says and why?’ that “the law is silent on the matter” of abortion for reasons of fetal sex. Lord Alton also asked in the same question how BPAS’s statement accords with the Government’s view that abortion on the grounds of gender alone is against the law. Responding to both questions jointly, Health Minister Earl Howe stated that the Department of Health received 53,630 abortion notifications from the British Pregnancy Advisory Service clinics in England and Wales in 2012. He also stated that data is not collected centrally in relation to NHS funding of individual abortion funders since NHS clinical commissioning groups assumed responsibility for commissioning abortion services in April 2013. Earl Howe also reiterated in his response that abortion on the grounds of gender is illegal.