Abor­tion on the rise

The UB Post - - EDITORIAL - Trans. by B.TUNGALAG Source: Unu­udur

Some women want to con­ceive from the bot­tom of their heart, but some do ev­ery­thing to avoid hav­ing an un­wanted child. In Mon­go­lia, it is es­ti­mated that 70 per­cent of women are of re­pro­duc­tive age (20-34).

Nowa­days, the num­bers of young and older women un­der­go­ing abor­tion seems to be on the rise, or we have just be­come more aware and ac­cept­ing of this prac­tice.

Ac­cord­ing to the abor­tion sta­tis­tics in Mon­go­lia, a to­tal of 18,316 women had an abor­tion in 2015.

This num­ber is re­ported by state hos­pi­tals, but we don't know how many abor­tions pri­vate hos­pi­tals per­form.

Many women choose to have an abor­tion with the help of a pri­vate physi­cian be­cause it is cheaper. In­duced abor­tion ac­counts for a large per­cent­age of ma­ter­nal mor­tal­ity in Mon­go­lia, caus­ing at least 850 ma­ter­nal deaths each year.

Mon­go­lia le­gal­ized abor­tion in 1992. Cur­rently, around 70 li­censed hos­pi­tals are legally per­mit­ted to per­form it. Ac­cord­ing to re­cent data, be­tween 30 and 40 women have abor­tions daily in th­ese hos­pi­tals.

In to­tal, 18,000 women had abor­tions last year, 1,200 of them were younger than 20 years of age, 3,700 were be­tween 21 and 24 years of age, and 4,900 were be­tween the ages of 25 to 29. Ap­prox­i­mately 6,000 women had abor­tions for the first time in 2015.

Over the past decade, abor­tion rates among younger age groups had decreased, but in­creased among over 25 year olds.

Dr. B.Balj­maa said, “One abor­tion clinic per­formed 40,000 abor­tions in one year. It costs al­most 50,000 MNT to get an abor­tion. There are lit­er­ally hun­dreds of clin­ics.”

Legally, abor­tion can be per­formed in Mon­go­lia un­der the fol­low­ing cir­cum­stances:

If it is de­ter­mined that the preg­nancy threat­ens the life and/or health of the mother and/or fe­tus.

At the re­quest of an ex­pect­ing woman if she is aged be­low 16 or a woman over 45 years of age If the woman has a men­tal dis­or­der

If it is de­ter­mined that the preg­nancy is the re­sult of in­cest

In the case of a rape vic­tim

Mon­go­lia has only three mil­lion cit­i­zens and the gov­ern­ment is pay­ing a lot of at­ten­tion to grow­ing the pop­u­la­tion. But with abor­tion on the rise, the po­ten­tial for pop­u­la­tion growth is greatly di­min­ished.

Although there are few cir­cum­stances un­der which abor­tion is per­mit­ted, they are largely ig­nored.

It is no se­cret that women who be­came preg­nant with a mar­ried man opt for abor­tion.

The Gen­eral Agency for Spe­cial­ized In­spec­tion found that girls aged 15 and 16 had abor­tions at un­li­censed hos­pi­tals. The agency con­ducted in­spec­tions at state and pri­vate hos­pi­tals in Jan­uary this year.

Ex­pert of the agency B.Oyuntset­seg said, “There are 70 state and pri­vate hos­pi­tals li­censed to per­form abor­tion. Eighty per­cent of them are do­ing their job prop­erly. Prior to abor­tion, the hos­pi­tal has to take five ex­am­i­na­tions. Some hos­pi­tals don't fol­low th­ese rules. We have to im­prove the le­gal en­vi­ron­ment and hos­pi­tal en­vi­ron­ment. If you find un­li­censed hos­pi­tals per­form­ing abor­tion, call 1800-1826 and let us know.”

Both women and men have to be re­spon­si­ble and think about fam­ily plan­ning be­fore they bring a child into the world.

It is im­por­tant for the state to ed­u­cate its cit­i­zens from a young age about re­pro­duc­tive health and fam­ily plan­ning to pre­vent un­in­tended preg­nancy.

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