The number of abortions in France fell by 4% in 2020, probably due to a drop in the number of babies conceived during the first Covid containment last spring.
The drop was particularly noticeable in May and June 2020, weeks after the start of the first Covid lockdown in March.
“This drop is probably explained by a drop in conceptions during the first confinement”, writes the office, because demographic statistics also show a drop in births in France at the end of 2020 and the beginning of 2021.
“The biggest impact of confinement is a simultaneous decline in pregnancies, whether intended or not. “
Abortion has remained accessible
“The health crisis has not resulted in more late abortions,” reported the statistics office, which would indicate difficulties in accessing the procedure.
In addition, hospitals saw a significant drop in procedures, with 154,000, down from 170,000 the previous year.
Hospitals have encouraged women to turn to private doctors, in order to free up resources to treat Covid patients.
The difference “can also be explained by the fear of being contaminated”, reports the statistics office.