Number of abortions down by about half in nearly a decade

Plunge in teenage abortions and greater use of birth control by women among key reasons

Contributing to the overall year-on-year drop in the abortion count since 2010 was a plunge in teenage abortions.
Contributing to the overall year-on-year drop in the abortion count since 2010 was a plunge in teenage abortions.PHOTO: ST FILE

The number of abortions carried out here has fallen by about half in almost a decade, as couples are more savvy about birth control and there are fewer unplanned pregnancies, counsellors say.

According to the Ministry of Health (MOH), there were about 6,400 abortions here in 2018 - down from about 6,800 in 2017 and about 12,000 in 2010. The 2018 figures are the latest available.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on March 08, 2020, with the headline 'Number of abortions down by about half in nearly a decade'. Subscribe