The Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equality has just released the latest data on voluntary interruptions of pregnancy corresponding to 2017. If in the previous year the figure was 93,131, last year it grew to 94,123. A data that, according to Health shows a "tendency to stabilization." Thus, the figure goes back to the situation of 2015 when 94,188 interruptions were practiced. It is important to note that, since 2008, the number has been gradually decreasing, since at that time there were 115,812.
In the case of those under 20, there is a slight decrease, of 0.2%, with respect to 2016. In 2017, 9,755 interruptions were made, 8.84 for every 1,000 women of that age group. If the data is compared with 2010, there is a considerable downward variation of 30.92% less. Yes, It is among young people between 20 and 24 years old where the increase of last year occurs.
Regarding the type of center where the interruptions were made, in 88% of the cases they were carried out in extra-profit centers. Of these, eight out of ten were private. A figure very similar to that of previous years and that is a constant trend. A) Yes, the number of clinics that practice abortions is increasing. If in 2008 they were 137, in 2017 the figure is already 212.
New sexual health survey
Health has also announced today that will resume the Sexual and Reproductive Health Strategy and a Sexual Health survey that has not been carried out since 2009. This initiative is part of the development of the Law on Sexual and Reproductive Health and the Voluntary Interruption of Pregnancy, of 2010, and it was paralyzed during the last years.
The last survey was conducted in 2009. Data will be collected from the population aged 16 and over and will raise issues such as the type of sexual information available, the needs that are had in this regard or how to access it. Information will also be obtained on sexual experiences, methods of prevention, or access to resources, among other aspects.
As indicated by the Ministry, in October 2010 the strategy was designed, agreed with the scientific and professional societies, with social organizations, experts and the autonomous communities. But the minister says that its application "has been practically nil in sexual health and there are deficiencies in its implementation".
Regarding reproductive health, the strategy will seek, for example, to avoid the excessive instrumentalization of childbirth, with high rates of cesarean sections and episiotomies.