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Ukrainian women make over 74,000 abortions in 2019, - Health Ministry

Source : 112 Ukraine

More than 700 of them were underage girls
17:29, 19 June 2020

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Over 75,000 women in Ukraine had an abortion in 2019. Director of the Policy Implementation Department of the Ministry of Healthcare Andriy Havryliuk said answering an inquiry of 112.ua.

It is important that the above statistics are calculated on the basis of data provided by medical institutions under the Ministry of Healthcare.

“The number of abortions, according to healthcare facilities under the Ministry of Healthcare of Ukraine, in 2019 is 74,606, of which 727 were performed on minors,” the ministry said.

According to the Center for Health Statistics, the Ministry of Health, data for 2020 are still absent, as statistics on the number of abortions in Ukraine are collected based on the results of the calendar year.

It should be noted that in 2018, 46,552 abortions were performed in Ukraine, of which almost 400 were for minors.

According to the Worldometers website statistics at the time of writing this article, women worldwide have had nearly 20 million abortions since the beginning of 2020. At the same time, according to the resource, 454,000 people have died from Covid-19 coronavirus since the beginning of the pandemic.

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According to the WHO, about 40-50 million abortions are performed in the world every year: about 125,000 abortions per day.

In the United States, where nearly half of pregnancies are unintentional, four out of ten pregnancies are terminated by abortion, with over 3,000 abortions per day. 22% percent of all pregnancies in the United States (excluding miscarriage) end by abortion.

Abortion in Ukraine is a legal medical practice during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, if it is terminated in the official medical institutions of the country with the consent of the woman.

In early June 2020, the Ukrainian Council of Churches agreed on cooperation with the Prime Minister announced the initiation of a meeting with President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky to discuss issues of combating domestic violence, commercial surrogacy and creating appropriate social and other conditions to minimize abortion.

Related: Guterres calls for measures to stop domestic violence against women amidst Covid-19

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