Young and pregnant

13-year-old youngest to have an abortion: MOH

Overall abortion numbers dropped to a record low of 6,815 last year. This is 27 per cent lower than the 9,282 seen in 2013.
Overall abortion numbers dropped to a record low of 6,815 last year. This is 27 per cent lower than the 9,282 seen in 2013.PHOTO: ST FILE

A person under 18 years old cannot buy cigarettes and alcohol, or give consent to get married. Nor can he or she give valid consent to sex under the age of 16.

However, the law does allow a girl to go for an abortion no matter how young she is, even if her parents do not give the go-ahead or even know about it.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on March 18, 2018, with the headline '13-year-old youngest to have an abortion: MOH'. Print Edition | Subscribe