Chinese family planning body clarifies abortion response

The Chinese Family Planning Association clarified on Tuesday that its plan to “intervene” in abortions aims to help adolescent girls avoid the health risks and social challenges associated with unwanted pregnancies and abortion, reports said. national media. reported.

The state-backed body announced its intention to intervene in abortion among unmarried women and adolescents in its 2022 work plan released last month, trigger discussions on whether the move was intended to boost the country’s declining birth rates. The association said their decision was aimed at “improving” women’s reproductive health while promoting “a new positive culture of marriage and parenthood”.

“Many single adolescent girls and young women have weak economic foundations and weak family support,” association officials told reporters on Tuesday. “Unwanted pregnancies and abortions will have a negative impact on their physical and mental health and social life.”

Abortion is legal in China, with about 9.76 million women undergoing procedures in 2019, report says published in the Chinese Journal of Practical Gynecology and Obstetric last year.

Family planning association officials told reporters on Tuesday that teenage girls and unmarried women under the age of 24 accounted for more than 40 percent of all annual abortions, 19 percent of which were repeat abortions.

Last year, the association also warned of an increase in induced abortions among Chinese women over the years. Medical Experts to say such abortions could lead to drastic hormonal changes, affect uterine and ovarian functions, and lead to depression and anxiety issues.

The Family Planning Association said it continuously educates students about unsafe sex and abortions through campaigns at universities. Referring to one of its campaigns, the association said hospitals near universities in the eastern city of Ningbo reported a 10% drop in the number of young women seeking abortions. between 2015 and 2019.

Meanwhile, abortion services for teens remain readily available in the country, with hospitals requiring only parental consent or an accompanying adult to perform the operation.

Publisher: Bibek Bhandari.

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