The women who abort are not the ones you think

The argument of psychological distress is often advanced by anti-abortion activists but it does not seem to hold true.

Every year, nearly 18,000 voluntary terminations of pregnancy take place in Belgium. According to the federation of family planning centers for socialist women, there were 19,155 abortions in Belgium in 2012 and 18,027 in 2012.

Many people think that abortion mainly concerns young women, even teenagers. However, this is a received idea that does not correspond to reality. Indeed, in 2019, the 25-29 age group was the most represented (around 25% of all abortions performed in Belgium). Regarding the average age, it was 27.5 years in 2012 and 28.7 years in 2019.

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