The number of abortions in Hungary over the past five years, between 2010 and 2015, has fallen by 22.9 per cent but still remains high in a European comparison, the deputy state secretary responsible for family and demographic policy has said.
Speaking to the Monday edition of the daily Magyar Hírlap, Tünde Fűrész said that despite the decrease, which was 4.1 per cent in the first quarter of the running year, there is still one abortion in Hungary for every three live births, well above the European average of one for every five births. She said that the “relatively high” rate of abortions is fundamentally a characteristic of all Eastern European nations and the tendency could also be explained witn the heritage of the Communist period.
The deputy state secretary explained that the number of abortions can be indirectly influenced with family policy measures, such as various forms of state support to provide families with greater material security and prevention, for example religious education and ethics classes in the public education system.
She also claimed in the interview that the government has no plans to restrict access to abortion.