Chinese have 13 Million Abortions A Year

Posted by Charlie @ Discovering Mandarin Friday, 31 July 2009
The Chinese National Population and Family Planning Commission today admitted that over 13 million abortions a year are conducted in China.

Wu Shangchun, a division director of the National Population and Family Planning Commission's technology research centre, told China Daily that research shows nearly half of the women who had abortions had not used any form of contraception.

Research in China regarding this statistic has said that inadequate knowledge about contraception is a major contributing factor to the sheer number of abortions.

Yet another shocking figure it that over 70% of the Chinese people surveyed did not know that sexual transmission is the main contributor to the spread of the HIV/AIDS virus.

Li Ying, a professor at Peking University said Chinese parents are reluctant to teach their children about sex, so more needs to be done on sex education.
"Sex education needs to be strengthened, with universities and our society giving more guidance,”
The real number of abortions is much higher than reported, because the figures are collected only from registered medical institutions. As many abortions, are performed in unregistered clinics.
In addition, about 10 million abortion-inducing pills, used in hospitals for early-stage abortions, are sold every year in the country.
The Shanghai hotline, which offers help for pregnant women, has reported an increase in calls, mostly from women 18 and under. Abortions cost about 600 Yuan ($88). Since the 1990s, doctors have not asked for a woman's marital status when an abortion is performed.
There are about 20 million births in the country each year.

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China Daily

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