13 million abortions every year in China
Any news from china always attracts attention because of one important reason and that is the size, number or quantity. Even in this case, where a report figures out the situation of abortion in china, it is the number that matters most.According to reports nearly 1.3 million cases are registered in China.
China is fighting to stabilize it population by the end of 2030, well this abortion will help in doing that or not it is very tough to guess but if we see future it is not the new child born but the old age that is going to be a big demographic issue issue
China performs about 13 million abortions every year, mostly for single young women who experts say know little about contraception,
state media said on Thursday in a rare disclosure of sensitive family planning statistics.
The China Daily newspaper said the real number of abortions is believed to be even higher since the 13 million accounts for procedures in hospitals but many more are known to be carried out in unregistered rural clinics. Also, about 10 million abortion pills are sold every year in China, the paper said.
It quoted Wu Shangchun, a government official with the National Population and Family Planning Commission, as saying that nearly half of the women seeking abortions in China had used no form of contraception.
China imposed strict birth controls in the 1970s, limiting most couples to just one child. Sterilization and the use of intrauterine devices, or IUDs, for women are widely promoted - and subsidized - forms of contraception for married women. However, the policy tends to overlook the contraception needs of unmarried women even as attitudes toward casual sex have dramatically liberalized.
The report said around 62 percent of the women undergoing abortions were single and aged between 20 and 29 years old.
It called the widespread use of abortions ``an unfortunate situation'' but did not directly say whether abortions were on the rise. No year to year statistics were given.
Wu told the paper that reducing the number of abortions was a tough challenge facing the country.
Peking University professor, Li Ying, was quoted as saying that sex education needed to be improved at the university level and that Chinese parents also needed to teach their kids more about sex.
The government says its family planning controls since the 1970s - including contraception, sterilization and abortion procedures - have prevented an additional 400 million births in the world's most populous country of 1.3 billion.
About 1.2 million women have abortions each year in the United States, which has a population of just more than 300 million people.