Changes in recourse to abortion in the Netherlands

Publié le 6 Feb, 2018

Since 2000 (with the exception of 2015), the number of abortions practised in the Netherlands has been declining. This was highlighted in a report published by the Dutch Health and Youth Inspectorate on 17 January.


In 2016, 30,144 women had an abortion compared to 30,803 in 2015. Of the 30,144 women reported in 2016, just over one in eight came from abroad.


Moreover, the figures show that hospitals are carrying out increasing numbers of abortions alongside abortion clinics. This change is potentially due to the “decisive impact of prenatal screening” carried out in these hospitals, “sometimes” culminating in abortion, according to Annet Jansen, President of the Dutch National Abortion Federation.

Institut Européen de Bioéthique (19/01/2018)

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