Monday, February 17, 2014

Singapore: Ministry of Health Proposes Making Pre-Abortion Counselling Mandatory for All


Currently, women who have not passed the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) and have no secondary education are not required to undergo pre-abortion counselling before terminating their pregnancy.

This is likewise for foreigners and women with three or more children.

Mr Gan noted that, currently, the majority of women seeking an abortion already receive counselling.

There has been a steady decline in the number of women who requested to terminate their pregnancy since 2008.

The number of women who submitted an abortion request fell from 12,208 in 2011 to 10,960 in 2012 -- the lowest figure since 2005 when 11,979 requests were made.

Conversely, the number of women who kept their pregnancy after counselling increased, from 268 in 2011 to 336 in 2012.

Counselling saves lives. Go Singapore! Goodness knows you need the population boost.