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Abortions in Spain fell for the first time in a decade in 2009

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c7451 (Published 30 December 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c7451
  1. Aser García Rada
  1. 1Madrid

The number of surgical abortions carried out in Spain fell in 2009 for the first time in a decade, the ministry of health announced.

In 2009, there were 111 482 abortions in Spain, 3.7% less than in 2008. Since 1999, when the first statistical data first became available, the number of abortions has been rising year on year.

The Minister of Health Leire Pajín attributed the fall to the decision to allow pharmacies to dispense the emergency contraceptive pill …

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