Fewer women in Norway are having abortions during the corona pandemic

Abortion - pregnancyPhoto: Gorm Kallestad / NTB

From May to August this year, there were around 200 fewer abortions per month than in the same period in the years from 2016 to 2019, preliminary figures from the National Institute of Public Health (FHI) show.

There has been a decline in the number of abortions in Norway in recent years. 

Still, from May to August this year, the decline has been particularly large, according to preliminary figures from the FHI’s abortion register.

Between May and August this year, between 811 and 844 abortions were performed per month, while in the same period last year, between 947 and 1,092 abortions were performed per month.

“We do not know if this means that people have had less sexual contact, and therefore fewer unwanted pregnancies, or if more people want to have children,” Mette Løkeland at the Abortion Register noted.

Løkeland emphasized that abortions fall under acute health care, and that the abortions were thus not affected by the shutdown of ordinary activities in the hospitals in March and April.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today


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