“Those terrible abortion pills. We fought against them… and they became available through prescription. Then, it is frequently used again and again. This method is very widespread. We spoke about this issue with the minister. We said that when a woman goes to the pharmacy, she is given the abortion pill. In many cases, this is given in incorrect circumstances.” Vahe Gyulkhasyan, United Nations Population Fund Reproductive Health Officer.
“If a woman took medication to miscarry and went to the hospital due to excessive bleeding, and she does not explain what happened, no one can clarify if the miscarriage took place due to the medication, or if it took place on its own. If a woman goes to a doctor when she is 12-13 weeks pregnant and does not say that the fetus is a girl, and she demands an abortion, the doctors will do it. It is impossible to clarify whether that was a sex-selective abortion or not. It is impossible to supervise this. It is possible for there to have been cases of miscarriages which took place due to the fetus’ sex. It is impossible to know.” Gayane Avagyan
Although the number of legal abortions (Armenian law states that abortions can be carried out for any reason before the pregnancy is at 12 weeks) that took place in 2017 was less than the number that took place in 2016, it increased from 2015. Doctors confirm that women often conceal the true length of their pregnancies, and sometimes, for example, a 13-week pregnancy is registered as being an 11 or 12-week pregnancy.
Although the number of abortions that take place under doctor’s orders decrease every year, experts do not exclude the possibility that some of these abortions are sex-selective.
According to official statistics, self-inflicted abortions that take place before 22 weeks decrease every year. But the ministry does not have statistics on how many women have carried out self-inflicted abortions at home. Experts confirm that selective abortions are largely concealed.