somehow I doubt that there are no abortions in Cyprus.
I believe that you are correct.
"Perhaps the fact that over half of the main author’s sample do not use adequate contraception should lead us to the conclusion that many Cypriots have abortions or have numerous children. The latter is not the case, and epidemiological statistics for abortion are unavailable. Using the same clinical sample of 840 patients (see Section 12, Sexual Dysfunctions, Counseling, and Therapies), 21.5 percent said they had had an abortion. Examining the statistics from the unpublished Cyprus Family Planning Association study (see Section 9A, Contraception), 20 percent of the total sample of 496 women reported having at least one abortion during the years 1995 to 1997, with 19 percent having at least one from 1985 to 1987. Interestingly, in the 1980s, 25 percent of these women were single, 18 percent were engaged, and 19 percent were married, whereas in the 1990s, only 3 percent were single, with more married women (27 percent) having abortions than before. It is certainly difficult to be certain about precise figures, but a figure of approximately 20 percent of the female population during any one year would be a fair estimate of the incidence of abortion. In the same study, about 7 percent of women had two abortions between the years 1995 to 1997, compared to 11 percent of women who had two between 1985 and 1987. (See also Sociolegal Status of Males and Females, Children and Adults, in Section 1.A.)
It is known that there are about 10,000 births per year, and it has been estimated that there are probably 12,000 to 13,000 abortions yearly. It appears that many Cypriots use abortion as a method of contraception after all else fails. The majority of gynecologists on the island will freely give abortion upon demand, due to a loop-hole in the law amended after the 1974 invasion of Cyprus by the Turks, allowing abortions for women who had been raped by Turkish troops or based on medical grounds with the permission of two medical doctors. This law still exists and allows gynecologists to practice abortion upon demand. There are only two gynecologists on the island whom the author knows that do not perform abortions for ethical and religious reasons.
In the main author’s 1990 survey, Greek Orthodox priests were presented with the following situation involving abortion:
A Christian woman is pregnant with her fourth child, even though her doctor warned her not to have another child as she would be endangering her health. Presently three doctors have told her that if she continues the pregnancy there is a chance that she would die. She has been advised, therefore, to have an abortion. As she is a woman who believes in God, she approaches a priest for advice. (Georgiou, 1990)
The responses selected by the priests were as follows:
•she should listen to the doctors and have the abortion (17.7%)
•she should not have the abortion under any circumstances (60.0%)
•something else (19.3%)
An additional 3.1 percent of the total sample of 130 priests avoided the question."http://www2.hu-berlin.de/sexology/IES/cyprus.html#9