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Abortions in Singapore fall to 30-year low

Figure dips below 10,000 as more S'poreans use birth control, but rate for foreigners on the rise

Published on Jul 27, 2014 8:25 AM
 
The Health Ministry told The Sunday Times that 9,282 abortions were performed last year, 13 per cent fewer than in 2012. -- PHOTO: ST FILE

The number of abortions hit a historic low here last year, falling below the 10,000 mark for the first time in at least 30 years.

The Health Ministry told The Sunday Times that 9,282 abortions were performed last year, 13 per cent fewer than in 2012.

Last year's figure was also way below the peak of 23,512 in 1985. After pre-abortion counselling was made mandatory in 1987, the numbers fell steadily to an average of 12,000 a year for most of the past decade.

Gynaecologists and counsellors say the decline reflects the increasingly widespread use of contraception by Singaporeans.

 
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