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About 8% of pregnant women in Japan who aborted in October and November last year are believed to have decided to terminate their pregnancy for reasons related to the coronavirus pandemic, a study group found on Tuesday. from the Ministry of Health.

Many women cited financial reasons, such as a decline in their partner’s income, according to a national survey conducted by the study group.

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The study group analyzed the reasons for the decision of about 2,000 women to terminate their pregnancies, which were obtained by doctors and other medical staff at 178 medical facilities who performed abortions between the 15 October and November 14.

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According to the survey results, of the 1,965 pregnant women who had an abortion, 152, or 7.7%, said their decisions were affected by the spread of COVID-19.

Of the 152 women, the largest number, 46, were in the 25-29 age group, followed by 35 from 20 to 24 and 30 from 30 to 34.

When the 152 women were asked to give up to three reasons for choosing an abortion, 87 cited their partner’s drop in income or loss of employment, 74 cited their own drop in income or unemployment, and 42 said they were afraid of contracting the coronavirus during their pregnancy.

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No cases of abortion linked to pregnancies resulting from domestic violence have been reported, despite increased risks due to government requests to stay at home amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The study group said the 152 women “could have chosen to continue with their pregnancies if they had the economic resources.”

“Since the coronavirus tends to have a greater impact on low-income people, there is a need to take steps to support these women, such as improving counseling systems and providing financial assistance. “, did he declare.

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