Abortions in Hungary are on a steady decline

Monday, June 13, 2016

Over the past five years, between 2010 and 2015, the number of abortions fell by 22.9 percent in Hungary; in the first quarter of this year, a further 4.1 percent decline has been registered- said Deputy Secretary of State for Family and Demographic Policy Tünde Fűrész.

Despite the steady decline, by European standards, the number of abortions are still high in Hungary. The current abortion ratio is one abortion per three live births, whereas the European average is one abortion per five live births. In all Eastern European countries the number of abortions are relatively high, which is due to the legacy of the communist era the deputy secretary said.

Abortions can be influenced indirectly through political means, above all by providing assistance and greater financial support to families. The other means of prevention lies with the public education system - putting more emphasis on family education and family planning as well as moral training said the deputy secretary.

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