Whereas a report published by the Guttmacher Institute indicates a drop in the number of abortions in the world (see Press review of 15/10/09), a bulletin by the IFP (Institute for Family Policies) published more contrasting figures.
We learn that 1,237,731 abortions were recorded in 2007 for the 27-member European Union, representing an abortion every 25 seconds. Romania, France and the UK had the highest number of abortions over the past ten years while Spain had the highest abortion growth rate among the 27-member EU.
Among the 15-member EU, abortion rates rose by 12.6%. Spain and the UK accounted for 95% of these. In countries within the expanded EU, however, the number of abortions dropped by 52.9%.
One abortion in seven was performed on women under 20.
This makes abortion the primary cause of death in Europe.
The Guttmacher Institute report also called for more widespread use of contraception in order to lower the number of abortions. For the IFP, these contraception policies “are outmoded”. They are calling for a “true prevention policy based on increased social and economic assistance for pregnant women” as well as a “preventive information policy offering alternatives to abortion and its consequences for women”.
Fonte: Institute for Family Policies, Bulletin monographique on line (On-line special newsletter), September 2009, no.4