Abor­tions down 40% from a decade ago

The Straits Times - - FRONT PAGE -

Greater use of con­tra­cep­tion and eas­ing of the stigma at­tached to sin­gle moth­ers have seen the num­ber of abor­tions per­formed here fall 40 per cent from nearly 12,000 a decade ago to around 7,200 last year.

The num­ber is be­lieved to be among the low­est on record for Sin­ga­pore and a far cry from the peak of nearly 24,000 abor­tions that were car­ried out in 1985, ac­cord­ing to fig­ures from the Health Min­istry.

The num­ber of abor­tions per­formed on women un­der the age of 20 fell dra­mat­i­cally from 1,363 in 2007 to 343 last year.

The num­ber of ba­bies born to teenagers aged 19 and be­low also fell by more than half, from 820 ba­bies born in 2007 to 332 ba­bies last year.

The num­ber of ba­bies born has fluc­tu­ated be­tween about 38,000 and 42,000 a year in the past decade, ac­cord­ing to a re­port last year by the Im­mi­gra­tion and Check­points Au­thor­ity.

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