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NO PLAN TO SHORTEN ABORTION LIMIT

The Government has no plans to lower the current abortion limit of 24 weeks, said Senior Minister of State for Health Amy Khor.

Chua Chu Kang MP Alex Yam had asked if lowering the limit would result in lower abortion numbers.

In response, Dr Khor said only 2 per cent of abortions done here last year were performed between the 21st and 24th week of pregnancy.

She added that during the 20th week of pregnancy, a routine test would be done to check for foetal abnormalities.

More than half of the abortions performed here last year between the 21st and 24th week of pregnancy had been due to foetal abnormalities or other medical reasons.

"Keeping the abortion limit at 24 weeks will allow these mothers some time to consider the implications and make an informed decision as to whether to keep or abort the child without being rushed to meet a shorter cut-off time," she added.