67% spike in abor­tions by un­der-15 girls in city

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Mumbai: Abor­tions among teenage girls be­low the age of 15 in the city have recorded an alarm­ing 67% spike in 201415. The civic data ac­cessed through an RTI ap­pli­ca­tion fur­ther shows that out of nearly 31,000 women who opt- ed for med­i­cal ter­mi­na­tion of preg­nancy, 1,600 were be­low the age of 19 years.

Health ex­perts have called the trend of un­wanted preg­nan­cies alarm­ing, while harp­ing on the need for bet­ter sex ed­u­ca­tion in schools and ju­nior col­leges. The BMC data, col­lated from all li­cenced Med­i­cal Ter­mi­na­tion of Preg­nan- cy (MTP) cen­tres in the city, shows that in 2013-14, 111 girls be­low the age of 15 had un­der­gone an abor­tion. The num­ber has risen to 185 in 2014-15. Even for the age-bracket of 1519 years, there has been a 47% jump in abor­tions when com­pared with the pre­vi­ous year.

In­ter­est­ingly, And­heri east and west emerged as the abor- tion cen­tres, re­port­ing nearly 6,000 cases. Chem­bur came next with nearly 3,000 cases. About 1,800 to 2,000 MTPs were per­formed in cen­tral Mumbai wards such as Dadar and Parel. Civic of­fi­cials have at­trib­uted the in­crease to bet­ter and more ac­cu­rate re­port­ing.

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