Vital events. Abortions
Statistical activity code: 30203
Number of abortions by woman’s age, county and number of previous live births
Legally induced abortions by woman’s age, county and number of previous live births
Classification of Estonian administrative units and settlements (EHAK)
Abortion – termination (spontaneous or induced) of pregnancy.
Abortions ratio – annual number of abortions per live births.
Age – the age of the person stated in full years at the time of the event, i.e. the age at last birthday.
Ethnic nationality – the data are based on the self-determination of the person.
Legally induced abortion (medical abortion; divides into legal and therapeutic abortion) – legal termination of pregnancy performed at the request of the pregnant woman or for medical indications.
Legal abortion – legal termination of pregnancy at the request of the pregnant woman.
Live birth – delivery of a live-born child, i.e. birth of a child showing evidence of life, irrespective of the duration of pregnancy.
Therapeutic abortion – termination of pregnancy for medical indications.
Abortions registered in health care institutions in Estonia, whereby the woman is a permanent resident of Estonia
Aggregate data from the Estonian Abortion Registry
Estonia as a whole
DIRECTLY APPLICABLE LEGAL ACTS
Regulation (EU) No 1260/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 November 2013 on European demographic statistics (Text with EEA relevance)
Regulation (EU) No 205/2014 of 4 March 2014 laying down uniformed conditions for the implementation of Regulation (EU) No 1260/2013 of the European Parliament and the Council on European demographic statistics, as regards breakdowns of data, deadlines and data revisions
OTHER LEGAL ACTS
Statistical Office of the European Union (Eurostat)
United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD)
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Data are published in the statistical database at https://andmed.stat.ee/en/stat under the subject area “Population / Vital events / Abortions” in the following tables:
RV175: Abortions. Estonians
RV176: Abortions by age of woman and number of previous live births RV178: Abortions by number of previous births and county RV18: Legally induced abortions by age of woman and number of previous live births
RV182: Legally induced abortions by age of woman and number of previous live births. Estonians
RV184: Legally induced abortions by number of previous live births and county.
Data serve as input for statistical activity 50101 “Regional development”.
Abortions: Definitions and Methodology
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Ministry of Social Affairs
Ministry of the Interior
Estonian Institute for Population Studies
National Institute for Health Development
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Use of administrative data ensures complete coverage and timeliness.
The use of internationally common methodology allows for the comparison of data collected under the regulation.
The data on abortions are compiled using the same basic data and uniform data processing methodology. This will ensure comparability of data in the country by administrative units. The most detailed data are available for the counties.
The data are comparable throughout the time series. The length of the time series varies, but the data in the same database tables have been compiled on the basis of similar definitions. The length of the time series depends on the importance of sharing events in society on the basis of one or another indicator, but also on the availability of relevant data.
As the official registration of abortions changed, statistics on abortions is changing as of 2020. It is not yet clear which data will be submitted.
The common methodology is used to process raw data of all vital events (statistical activities 30201 “Vital events. Marriages”, 30202 “Vital events. Divorces”, 30203 “Vital events. Abortion”, 30204 “Vital events. Migration”, 30205 “Vital events. Deaths and causes of death”, 30206 “Vital events. Births”), which will ensure comparability of the data. Data related to a person (e.g. place of residence, marital status, nationality, country of birth, citizenship, education) are calculated once and linked to the table of the respective event in the database.
Data related to a person (e.g. place of residence, marital status, nationality, country of birth, citizenship, education) are calculated once and linked to the table of the respective event in the database to ensure comparability of the data. Statistical indicators in the table form groups of characteristics that are comparable across tables. For example, abortion, legal abortion, therapeutic abortion.
The data revision policy and notification of corrections are described in the section Principles of dissemination of official statistics of the website of Statistics Estonia.
The published data may be revised if the methodology is modified, errors are discovered, new or better data become available.
Data from the Estonian Abortion Registry, which are processed and transmitted in aggregate form to Statistics Estonia by the authorised processor of the registry, the National Institute for Health Development
DATA FROM OTHER STATISTICAL ACTIVITIES
Data from statistical activity 30101 “Population” are used (to calculate the rates).
The basis for data collection is an abortion card that is filled for each termination (spontaneous or induced) of pregnancy at a medical institution. The data of the abortion cards are transmitted to the Estonian Abortion Registry. The data of the Estonian Abortion Registry are processed and transmitted to Statistics Estonia by the authorised processor of the registry, the National Institute for Health Development, by e-mail.
Arithmetic and qualitative controls are used in the validation process, including comparison with other data.
The collected data are converted into statistical output. This includes the calculation of additional indicators.