YEREVAN, September 26. /ARKA/. Gayane Avagyan, chief specialist at the Armenian health ministry’s division in charge of mother-child healthcare, told journalists on Thursday that 6,500 to 7,000 abortions are made every year in Armenia and 43,000 to 44,000 babies are born.
But, in her words, Armenian women’s attitude toward abortion is becoming more serious from year to year – they do whatever necessary to prevent undesirable pregnancy instead of interrupting it.
“Our studies showed that only 38% of pregnant women gave birth to babies in 2000, 45% in 2005 and 63% in 2010,” she said adding that this is a sign of a new culture in this area.
She said that the birth/abortion ratio is 1:1 in the world, while in Armenia it stands at 5:1 or 13-14%.
Avagyan also said that the peak of Armenian women’s reproducibility comes at 20 to 25.
It shows that women in Armenia resort to abortion mostly when they already have children.
Some 38% of surveyed women pointed out the existence of sufficient number of children as reason for abortions, 19% of respondents said they wanted to postpone baby birth because of low income and 11% indicated health problems.
Speaking about pregnancy interruption methods, Avagyan singled out medical abortion and less risky, stressing however that it should be made under doctors’ surveillance and surgical interference carried out in proper conditions by qualified specialists.
She voiced regret at the fact that very often Armenian women interrupt their pregnancy independently by using medicaments available in pharmacies without prescription.
The specialist warned women against acting this way and said this may trigger intensive bleeding that poses threat to life.
Thanks to availability of medical services in Armenia, not a single case of abortion-caused death has been recorded in the country.
According to official statistical reports, 18,802 babies have been born in Armenia over a period between January and June 2013 – a 2.7-percent year-on-year decline. ---0---