EUROPE/ARMENIA - The number of "selective" abortions increases

Thursday, 12 January 2017 abortion   civil society   healthcare   demography  


Erevan (Agenzia Fides) – In Armenia, a Country strongly characterized by the link with its cultural and spiritual traditions, there is the third highest global rate of selective abortions motivated by sex of the unborn, and data show a drastic increase of the phenomenon over time following the dissolution of the Soviet Union, which was also part of the Caucasian Republic.
According to data provided by the Fund for the United Nations Fund Population (UNFPA), in 2012 114 male births per 100 female births were registered in Armenia, the natural ratio is about 102 boys for every 100 girls. "In ten or twenty years", said Garik Hairapetian, UNFPA representative in Armenia "we will face a deficit of women, combined with a sharp decline in fertility rates, which will lead to a serious population crisis. By 2060, 100,000 potential Armenian mothers will not be born. We will become a 'single' men society".
In Armenia the practice is free in public hospitals. Last summer Armenian MPs adopted a law destined to amend in part a tendency to selective abortions. The law provides on paper that abortion requests are to be rejected if they are justified for reasons related to the sex of the unborn. (GV) (Agenzia Fides 12/0/2017)