Abortion and Post-abortion Care – Volume II:
Multiple Choice Questions for Vol. 24, No. 5
1. The following statement(s) is/are true about abortion statistics in England and Wales (E&W):
a) The number of abortions in E&W continues to rise with an increase of 1.6% in 2008 on the 2007
b) The % of medical abortions performed in the E&W has increased to 38% of the total in 2008
compared to 12% in 2001.
c) The % of abortions performed under 10 weeks gestation has decreased to 60% of all abortions in
2007 compared to 70% for the same gestation in 2006
d) The % of abortions performed under 10 weeks gestation is a measure of accessibility to abortion
e) Increasing involvement of nurses in abortion care provision in the UK appears to lead to
improved access to early medical abortion
2. The following statement(s) is/are true about abortion worldwide:
a) Available statistics estimate that there are 19 million unsafe abortions annually.
b) 20,000 women die each year as a consequence of unsafe abortion.
c) It is estimated that 8million women a year experience complications from unsafe abortion.
d) The above estimates appear to have been stable over the last ten years
e) Unsafe abortion is declining with improvement of abortion services.
3. The following statement(s) is/are true about abortion in the United Kingdom.
a) Abortion remains illegal in Northern Ireland where the 1967 Abortion Act does not apply.
b) Abortion is legal up to 20 weeks gestation under the 1967 Abortion Act (as amended by the
Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990).
c) Two nurses are permitted under the 1967 Act to sign the legal forms for authorisation of
d) The signature of one medical practitioner is necessary for the legal authorisation of abortion.
e) Premises undertaking the use of Mifegyne for medical terminations need a license from the
Department of Health.
4. The following statement(s) is/are true about abortion provision worldwide.
a) Non-doctors can provide surgical and medical abortions legally in the whole of United States of
b) Legalisation of abortion in India has resulted in a dramatic reduction in mortality and morbidity
associated with unsafe abortion.
c) Evidence suggests that trained non-medical clinicians and doctors are equally safe in terms of
complication rates in performing ﬁrst trimester abortion procedures.
d) In Canada, there is no gestational upper limit to abortion.
e) Women are required to obtain counseling and wait for a certain period before having the
abortion in Germany
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Best Practice & Research Clinical Obstetrics and Gynaecology 24 (2010) A1–A5