Abortions Rise in China as Sex Ed Lacks


A recent article in the New York Times delves into the stark rise in abortions in China. Abortions number about 13 million per year, which equates to about "24 abortions for every 1,000 women between the ages of 15 and 44." The numbers are even higher when including in the statistics medication-induced abortions.

Fortunately, Chinese officials recognize that the main reason for the increase is because of poor sex education, which has resulted in widespread, dangerous sexual practices. According to the article, "Half the women who had abortions had not used any form of contraception," and:

"More than 70 percent of callers to a pregnancy phone line at a Shanghai hospital knew almost nothing about contraception, China Daily reported. Only 17 percent were aware of venereal diseases, and less than 30 percent knew that HIV/AIDS could be transmitted sexually."

Although the official response is a refreshingly pragmatic interpretation of the statistics, the Chinese response is only that; there isn’t anything mentioned about specific policy changes, or possible ways to better educate Chinese youth. Still, it would be nice if officials in our country – especially in the anti-abortion and anti-sex ed camps – realized the importance of sex education.

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  • http://www.expresslaan.com/ invalid-0

    Abortion is a terrible thing. Some women undergoes abortion with guilt in their minds. I agree that one way to decrease the rate of abortion is to educate people about sex. For those who can not undergo abstinence, might as well practice safe sex or learn more about contraceptive.

  • progo35

    Frankly, this article pisses me off. China’s leaders WANT and FORCE women to have abortions. Why don’t you pay attention to that once in a while?

    Well behaved women seldom make history."-Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

  • invalid-0

    There’s no difference between those who force women to carry to term children against our wills and those who force women to have abortions. None at all.

  • invalid-0

    Fortunately, Chinese officials recognize that the main reason for the increase is because of poor sex education,

    Is this a joke? The Chinese have been forcing abortions on women for years. They’ve also been forceing them on Tibetian women even though Tibet doesn’t have an overpopulation problem. The main reason for the increase is poor sex education?! Wishful thinking, the main reason for many of their abortions over the years is “Have another kid and the one you already have will lose his right to public school and everything else”

    This reminds me of nothing so much as the New York Times reporter who allowed himself to be dragged by the nose by government officials around Stalin’s U.S.S.R and came back to dutifully report there was no famine. That’s the Pulitzer the N.Y Times has yet to return. You really need to do at least a little real research before covering for these type of dictatorships.