Family Health

Number of abortions decreased minimal

The number of abortions in Germany has fallen slightly in the past year. In 2018, there were 0.2 percent fewer abortions than in 2017, as the Federal statistics office. Accordingly, were reported in the past year, nearly 101.000 abortions.

How is the last development in the statistics?

In the past 20 years, the number of abortions is on the rise in Germany firstly, and then decreased until the year 2016 almost continuously: Broke up in 1996, women in just with 131,000 cases of pregnancy, 2016 is less than 99,000. In 2017 the Federal Statistical office showed, however, an increase of more than 101,000.

Nearly three-quarters of the women who were in 2018, a pregnancy ended, between the ages of 18 and 34 years old, 17 percent between 35 and 39 years. The 18-Year-old had a share of 3 percent.

The Basis on which the pregnancy occurred crashes?

Almost all of the women decided, for personal reasons, your pregnancy cancel: 97.151 abortions were performed according to the so-called consultation rule. This provides that women can have an abortion within the first twelve weeks without medical or criminological reason for criminal free – but only if you have previously attended a recognised advice centre.

At 3815 cases, there was a medical reason. 20 pregnancies had to be terminated due to criminological reasons, such as after rape. For pregnant girls on the front of the 14. Birthday is this indication.

Are there regional differences?

Most of the crashes in the last year, in Berlin and Bremen, at least if one takes into account the number of inhabitants:

  • In Berlin finished 111 out of 10,000 women between the ages of 15 and 50 of pregnancy. In Bremen the figure was 99 out of 10,000 women.
  • For comparison: The lowest values documented by statisticians in the state of Baden-Württemberg (40 crashes per 10,000 women aged 15 to 50) and Bavaria (43 crashes per 10,000 women aged 15 to 50).

Some women from rural areas in Bavaria or lower Saxony would have to take long journeys to find a doctor or clinic for the procedure, called Pro Familia is a possible reason for the differences. Seven percent of women drove, therefore, in 2017, in another state, to terminate her pregnancy.

How credible are the statistics?

Abortion opponents argue sometimes, the Figures of the Federal Statistical office would estimate the actual number of abortions in Germany are significantly lower.

In truth, all physicians in Germany are required by law to report abortions. The facilities provide not automatically your Numbers, you will be reminded twice in writing of their duty. Subsequently, the Federal office imposed fines of up to 5000 Euro.

In most cases, the Doctors responded, however, at the latest, in the second Mahnrunde, writes the German Federal Statistical office on demand. For this reason, it is unlikely that in the Figures, a significant number of unreported exist.

What are the consequences of abortions for women?

With his project, in a study of the “frequency and severity of psychological consequences of abortion” to investigate, met with the Minister, Jens Spahn (CDU), led the Ministry of health on outraged reactions. This is a questionable image of women, revealing the FDP Opposition criticized in the Bundestag.

In addition, there are such studies already. The vast majority of women cope with the consequences of a crash without a long-term, says Claudia Schumann, Vice-President of the German society for Psychosomatic gynaecology and obstetrics (DGPFG). Women should be given the ability to be able to work for yourself is the best decision to make, calls.