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Most seeking abortions aren't swayed by counselling

Published on Jul 27, 2014 8:26 AM

Very few women seeking abortion change their mind after being counselled.

Health Ministry records for the past five years show that less than 5 per cent of those counselled decided to keep their babies.

Gynaecologists and counsellors say the reason is that most women would have made up their minds by the time they turned up at a clinic for an abortion. But those still struggling with the decision may be moved to keep their babies.

Pre-abortion counselling is compulsory only for Singaporeans and permanent residents who have passed the Primary School Leaving Examination, "have at least some secondary school education" and have fewer than three children. It is also mandatory to refer unwed girls under 16 for pre-abortion counselling at the Health Promotion Board.

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Emotional effects

"No matter what your background is, you will suffer the psychological and emotional effects of abortion, such as guilt."

MS JENNIFER HENG, who had two abortions and now counsels women with unplanned pregnancies