Abortions in Hungary drop 22.9% in five years
The number of abortions fell in Hungary by 22.9% over the last five years, from 2010 to 2015, according to comments from the deputy secretary responsible for family and demographic policy published in daily newspaper Magyar Hírlap yesterday.
Despite the significant decrease in abortions, Hungary maintains a comparatively high ratio of one abortion for every three live births, higher than the European average of one for every five births, deputy state secretary Tünde Fűrész told the paper.
Fűrész attributed the high abortion ratio to the legacy of Communism in Eastern Europe, noting that it was typical of the region.
The deputy state secretary outlined potential policy measures to curb the abortion rate, including greater state support for families, and increased religious and ethical education in public schools.
Fűrész concluded that the government of Hungary has no plans or intentions to prevent access to abortions.
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