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Fear and uncertainty triggered by the global pandemic is also impacting pregnant women. The Japan Times has reported that a new study conducted by a health ministry study group revealed that 8% of pregnant women in Japan who aborted last year said their decision to abort was influenced by the pandemic.
The study group analyzed approximately 2,000 women who had an abortion in Japan between Oct. 15, 2020, and Nov. 14, 2020. According to the results, 152 of the women cited the pandemic as their reason for aborting. Many of these women chose abortion due to financial and economic concerns spurred by the pandemic.
Of the 152 women citing the pandemic as their reason for deciding to abort, the study revealed the following:
- 87 said they decided to abort because of their partner’s income decline or job loss
- 74 said they decided to abort because their own income dropped or unemployment
- 42 said they decided to abort because they were afraid of contracting the coronavirus during their pregnancy