This reproductive health indicator provides information on abortion rates. Disadvantaged economic and material circumstances (poverty, unemployment or poor housing) has an influence on how women and couples plan the start of a family. A higher number of abortions in a particular group could indicate greater vulnerability, which could in turn have an impact on the integration of this population group.
In 2018, the abortion rate among Swiss women was 5.7‰. This was almost half that of women of foreign nationality whose rate was 9.5‰.
Since 2011, abortion rates have fallen by 0.4 point per thousand. In the foreign population, the decline is 0.8 point per thousand. The relative difference between Swiss and foreign women has narrowed slightly: in 2011 the rate among Swiss women was 2.3 times lower than among foreign women, in 2018 it was 1.7 times lower.
The abortion rate among women of foreign nationality is roughly double that of Swiss women, but this ratio varies slightly depending on age. The ratio between abortion rates of foreign and Swiss women is lowest between the ages of 40 and 44 (3.8‰ compared with 2.5‰). It is highest between the ages of 20 and 24: foreign women have a rate of 14.4‰ (which is the highest observed), i.e. about 2 times greater than that of Swiss women whose rate at this age is 7‰.
This indicator calculates the number of abortions (elective and for medical reasons) of women living in Switzerland per thousand women aged 15 to 44 and by age group. The rates by nationality are calculated based on the female population of the cantons, who record the nationality of women undergoing abortion.