More than 84 percent of Lithuanians said they could justify abortion as an acceptable course of action in unwanted or dangerous pregnancies, a survey has shown.
Lithuania has taken a conservative path on abortion, limiting it except in cases where the mother’s health is in danger or if she conceived the child during sexual molestation. According to the recent survey, 36.3 percent of respondents believe a woman must decide what is right for her, while another 48 percent said abortion could be justified for personal reasons, maternal health factors or other reasons. The country’s conservative law on abortion was only supported by 9.2 percent of respondents to the survey, who could not justify abortion. Another 6.5 percent did not have a formed opinion. Statistics show that abortion is becoming less and less common in Lithuania , particularly since laws surrounding it were tightened. Last year there were 8,024 abortions while in 2008 there were 9,031 and in 2007, 9,596.