The report said 95.7 percent of abortions were carried out for the physical or mental health of the woman. That's almost 96% of 85,000 abortions?! This is precisely why a matter of life and death such as this should not be left up to subjective interpretation. When it comes to life and death...THERE IS NO GREY AREA!!!
Abortions in Spain rise by 72 percent in 10 years
Dec 27 1:29 PM US/Eastern
The number of abortions carried out in Spain has risen by almost three quarters in the past decade but the figure remains low by European standards, the country's health ministry said. In 2004 the total reached 84,985, up by 6.5 percent on 2003 (79,788) et 72 percent on 1995 (49,367), it reported.
For women aged between 15 and 44 the rate per thousand was 8.94 in 2004 compared with 8.77 in 2003.
But Health Minister Elena Salgado, taking the 2002 figure, said that Spain's figure was lower than that of Germany (15.35 percent), Finland (16.41 percent), France (18.34 percent), Denmark (18.9 percent), Italy (20.46 percent), Britain (22.82 percent) and Sweden (25.63 percent).
The great majority (86.7 percent) of abortions were carried out in private clinics, while 9.7 percent were carried out in private hospitals and 3.6 percent in public hospitals.
The intervention in the first weeks of pregnancy costs between 300 and 400 euros in a private clinic.
Abortion was decriminalised in Spain in 1985 for certain cases: after rape, in the case of malformation of the foetus and if the pregnancy represents a threat to the physical or mental health of the woman.
The report said 95.7 percent of abortions were carried out for the last reason.