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Discouraging abortion 'should not be solution'
by Joy Fang

SINGAPORE - Discouraging abortion and encouraging couples to adopt should not be seen as the solution to Singapore's fertility challenge, said Acting Minister for Social and Family Development Chan Chun Sing yesterday.

He said it is "a very difficult and tricky topic", and social-service agencies that provide abortion counselling have told him that it is tough getting a woman to consider going through a pregnancy only to later give the child away.

He was responding to calls from at least four Members of Parliament (MPs) who urge the Government to look into helping unwed women who are pregnant.

Currently, there are an average of 12,000 abortions a year - half of them from married women. There are 400 adoptions a year. "Even if we are able to save only 10 per cent of these abortion cases, that would mean 1,200 more babies in our midst," said Dr Intan Azura Mokhtar (Ang Mo Kio GRC).

Mr Christopher de Souza (Holland-Bukit Timah GRC) said: "I strongly believe that, if adoption is publicised as a comforting, loving, nurturing and voluntary alternative, there will be a reduced number of abortions in Singapore."

Mr Chan said there are mea- sures to counsel women on the risks and implications of an abor- tion, and written consent must be given after a cooling-off period. The ministry will help women make informed choices, but "the decision to carry a baby to term or abort (it) is ultimately a deeply personal one".

However, unwed single parents will soon stand to benefit. Childcare and infant-care leave will be extended to this group from May 1.

This means that, like other parents, they will get six days of childcare leave annually if they have children below the age of seven, and two days if they have kids aged between seven and 12.

They will also enjoy six days of unpaid infant-care leave a year if they have a child below the age of two.

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readers' comments

Actually, is a good idea for people like.:D
Posted by goondoon on Sun, 17 Mar 2013 at 14:36 PM

It's not my talk that is flippant, it's the attitude of the younger generation now.
Posted by maipenrai on Sun, 17 Mar 2013 at 13:46 PM
Taxi uncle.

You are a kind soul.

I agree with you.

Murder is murder.

Posted by georgesmith on Sat, 16 Mar 2013 at 18:17 PM
Why so flippant when we are talking about human life?

Tsk Tsk.

Posted by georgesmith on Sat, 16 Mar 2013 at 18:15 PM

must be those foreign malaysian taiwan & prc foreign wives with faked marriages because their main purpose is to work in stinkiapoor and not to make babies!!!
because with baby will be burden to them...they cannot work in geylang or earn more money and those taiwanese wan only marry and live luxurious with their stupid husband earnings!!!
how many stupid husbands kena con by taiwanese wives!!!
Posted by siownang on Sat, 16 Mar 2013 at 18:04 PM

Of course it should not be made illegal....We do not wanna drive this stuff underground......The choice is yours But pls it should only be as a last resort and Not trying ot take th ehigh moral ground here but it should never be used as a form of contraception:rolleyes: as it involves killing yr unborn child and taking away an innocent life......Bad Karma for both the mom and her health and EOL for the kid.....:mad::eek:
Posted by singleton on Sat, 16 Mar 2013 at 17:00 PM
Abortion is not an easy thing, it has implication to the woman. Making abortion illegal will only drive it underground and dangerous practice. Unforunately, is a hard one and the choice should be left to the woman.
Posted by working_class on Sat, 16 Mar 2013 at 16:22 PM
abortion should be channeled into adoption.
Posted by sghunk888 on Sat, 16 Mar 2013 at 14:53 PM

First the men don't want to wear rubber tubes, not so shiok. Second, both are not ready for the babies, want to enjoy life some more.
Posted by maipenrai on Sat, 16 Mar 2013 at 14:16 PM
You mean 6000 women murdered their unborn babies?
Let us call a spade a spade.
Posted by georgesmith on Sat, 16 Mar 2013 at 12:51 PM

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