Abortion in Poland

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Abortion in Poland has declined from a peak of about 260,000 under communist rule in 1963 to only 328 in 2007, a decline of nearly 99.9%.[1]

From 1987 to 1993 the number of abortions in Poland decreased by 99% as the communist rule was overthrown.

The result has been a dramatic improvement in women's health and a spectacular decrease in harmful premature births. Here are the data for deaths of Polish children under age 5 with Cerebral Palsy (CP):[2]

Year Deaths for children under age 5 years old with CP Live Births Deaths per 100,000
1985 104 680,091 15.3
1986 130 637,213 20.4
1987 95 607,790 15.6
1988 98 598,938 16.6
1989 93 564,431 16.5
1990 72 547,720 13.1
1991 54 547,719 9.9
1992 68 515,214 13.2
1993 51 494,310 10.3
1994 47 481,285 9.8
1995 47 438,109 10.9
1996 42 428.203 9.8
1997[3] 20 412.635 4.8
1998 23 395,619 5.8
1999 16 382,002 4.2
2000 17 378,348 4.5
2001 16 368,205 4.3
2002 19 353,765 5.4
2003 15 351,072 4.3
2004 5 356,131 1.4
2005 5 364,383 2.5
2006 9 374,244 2.4

References

  1. http://www.johnstonsarchive.net/policy/abortion/ab-poland.html
  2. These data were sent by Poland's CSO (Central Statistical Office) Deputy Director Witold Wozniak to Brent Rooney on 12 June 2008.
  3. In 1997 Poland converted to the new ICD 9 (International Classification of Disease, 9th revision) definition of CP
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