A survey by a national research group found that the number of abortions last year has decreased significantly since May last year, when the effects of the new coronavirus increased.
On the other hand, the research group points out that "support for low-income earners is necessary" because some people chose abortion because of the decrease in income due to the influence of the new coronavirus.
This survey was conducted by a research group of the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare created by Tomoko Adachi, Managing Director of the Japan Obstetricians and Gynecologists Association, and aborted from January to September last year, targeting a total of 192 medical institutions nationwide. I investigated the number of cases and the situation in detail.
As a result, the number of abortions during this period decreased by 12.8% compared to the same period of the previous year, and in some months it decreased by more than 20%, especially after May when the impact of the new coronavirus such as the state of emergency became large. It means that there was.
According to the research group, the decrease in pregnancy itself may have had an effect, and no increase in abortion due to unexpected pregnancy was confirmed.
On the other hand, when investigating the reasons for choosing abortion, 7.7% of the total was affected by the new coronavirus, and many people cited economic effects such as a decrease in income as the main reason. That is.
Managing Director Adachi, who is the representative of the research group, said, "There are limited but low-income people hesitating to give birth. It is necessary to expand financial support."