Friday July 29, 2005

Czech Abortions at Lowest Rate Ever

PRAGUE, July 29, 2005 ( – The Czech Republic’s statistical office has released a report indicating that the country’s abortion rate has fallen to the lowest level ever documented – even less than in 1958, when the practice was first legalized under Soviet communism.

The 27,574 abortions committed in the Czech Republic last year represent the lowest number for any former Soviet block country. In the early 1990s, as many as one in three unborn children were killed through abortion. The abortion rate peaked in 1988 at 113,730.

In addition, most abortions in the early 1990s were carried out on women who had already had two children – approximately 40 percent of mothers. Now only 10 percent of mothers with children opt to end the life of a younger sibling.

The Czech Republic has a population of 10.2 million. Although the 2004 abortion rate is a decline from previous years, 22 percent of all pregnancies there still end through abortion.


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