Singapore: wider counseling before women can have an abortion
The United States is not the only nation that has decided abortion-minded women should meet with a doctor before making a final decision, reports LifeSiteNews.
The Ministry of Health in the nation of Singapore has recommended that women have a counseling session with a doctor 48 hours before an abortion.
The law already requires such conferral for most women, but not for women without at least some secondary education, foreigners, or women who already have three children or more.
Health Minister Gan Kim Yong made the proposal in writing on Monday.
The move is an attempt to reverse the impending demographic disaster in a nation where one in every four pregnancies ends in abortion. Singapore's birthrate has dropped from 4.3 in 1973 to 1.19 last year – well below the 2.1 necessary to maintain a steady population level.
Singaporean women had 33,205 births in 2012 and 10,960 abortions.
AFP reported, “Doctors say ease of access to legal abortions at public hospitals and private clinics, coupled with heavy medical subsidies, have made abortions a practical choice for Singaporeans who cannot afford to raise a child.”
The nation's Termination of Pregnancy (TOP) Act allows any woman of reproductive age to obtain an abortion at any time during the first two trimesters of pregnancy (24 weeks), or later if the woman's life or “physical or mental health” is in danger. Parental consent is not required.
The Ministry of Health hopes that counseling will change the high abortion rate, noting that 336 women chose to keep their babies after such visits in 2012, an increase of 68 over the previous year.