2021-03-31 10:00:00

Abortions in Russia dropped almost 40% over past 5 years

Moscow, March 31, Interfax - The number of abortions in Russia has decreased by 39% in the past five years, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova said.

"I want to note that, since 2016, the number of abortions in Russia has decreased by 39%. These are serious figures, yet there is still potential on this issue," Golikova told the government's Social Security Council.

In 2020, Russia continued to open centers of medico-social support for pregnant women who find themselves in difficult circumstances, Golikova said. "Despite the complicated time, the pandemic, these centers advised over 230,000 women and almost 50,000 of them, i.e., 22%, decided to keep their babies and were taken under medical prenatal observation," she said.

There has been a serious reduction in the number of reproductive-age women in Russia, Golikova said. "The number of women aged between 20 and 29 has dropped by 37.5% since 2010 to just over 7.5 million. Such a serious reduction in the number of women of reproductive age leads, among other things, to fewer births in Russia," she said.

The average age of first-time mothers has shifted to 30, Golikova said.

The decrease in births has slowed down, with more men and women now wanting to start a family, she said.

"The measures taken in 2020 helped to substantially slow the decline in births: whereas in 2019, births were falling at a rate of almost eight percent, in 2020, that figure was already three percent. So one could talk about a trend toward a slower decrease in births," Golikova said.

Various polls have found that "a quarter of men and women today are oriented toward a one-child family, and over three percent of women and over four percent of men are not planning to have children," she said.

"Data from Rosstat [national statistics office] shows that we do have the potential, and families that would like to have three or more kids, such families account for about 17%, and those who would like to have a large family account for over 27% among women and over 26% among men," Golikova said.

"The poll findings are reassuring, and the additional measures we could try out will have a positive effect on the demographic trend," she said.