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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

2.5M Abortions in '97

MOSCOW (AFP) -- Some 2.5 million abortions were performed in Russia in 1997, with seven pregnancies in 10 ending in terminations, news agencies reported Sunday, citing Health Ministry figures.

According to the ministry's statistics, every 10th abortion is performed on women under 19 and more than 2,000 on girls under 14. Two women in three suffer from health complications as a result of the terminated pregnancies, the statistics indicated.

The figures were published to coincide with Mothers Day, which was being marked for the first time Sunday.