Abortion rate already low
9 February 2007, AMSTERDAM – The new government policy will not bring about much of a decrease in the number of abortions, Arnhem abortion doctor Olga Loeber says in the Volkskrant today.
9 February 2007
AMSTERDAM – The new government policy will not bring about much of a decrease in the number of abortions, Arnhem abortion doctor Olga Loeber says in the Volkskrant today.
“The figure in the Netherlands is already very low. Every year 8 per 1000 women of a fertile age undergo an abortion. That is half as many as do in many other countries in Europe.”
In future the 5-day waiting period for an abortion will remain in place. A variable waiting time will be introduced for an abortion at a later stage. Will that help?
“No. I think it is condescending to tell women they have to wait. Considering the decision is a good thing, but some women don’t need that much time. If it is very early on in the pregnancy the medical procedure is simple in fact. That should be taken into consideration.”
Are you concerned about the new government, with its distinction Christian stamp?
“Abortion is not going to be made illegal. There is broad support among the public for keeping it legal. I am just a bit worried about the investigation the government wants done into the term ‘emergency situation.’ That should not be defined any further. If you set criteria for an abortion, women are just going to make up things to meet the criteria: a big lie. You just make it unnecessarily difficult that way.”
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Subject: Dutch news