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The observation of abortions begins only in the year 1996, since the Schwangeren- und Familienhilfeänderungsgesetz revised the right to abortion nationwide as per 1 January 1996 and thus placed the statistics on a new survey basis, making comparisons to previous years inexpedient.

The number of abortions was slightly above 98,000 in the year 2015; that is a bit more than 69 per 10,000 women between 15 and 44 years or about 1,320 abortions per 10,000 live births and stillborns. This reveals a slightly dropping trend in the absolute figures and in abortions in relation to live births and stillborns since the beginning of this millennium.

Approximately 41% of the women who had an abortion in 2015 had not yet had a child; these were mainly women between 20 and 30 years of age.

The frequency of abortions is still distinctly higher in eastern Germany than in western Germany.

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