China Authorities Close Factory Making Fake Abortion Drugs Killing Women

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Dec 18, 2006   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

China Authorities Close Factory Making Fake Abortion Drugs Killing Women

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
December 18
, 2006

Beijing, China ( — Chinese authorities have closed down a factory on the southern island of Hainan that was making fake abortion drugs and birth control pills out of starch and glucose. One person has been arrested and several Chinese people have been killed form the fake drugs, which have wound up in other nations.

According to a Beijing News report, tests from a drug agency in Hainan showed that the birth control drugs did not prevent pregnancy and, instead, contained harmful toxic chemicals.

"The fake contraceptive medicines and abortion drugs have greatly harmed women’s physical and mental health," the news service said in a report, citing drug officials.

Police arrested the main suspect operating the factory, which also produced the fake Viagra anti-impotence pills, and authorities are still searching for some accomplices.

This isn’t the first time Chinese-made abortion drugs have been in the news.

In July, a New Zealand student received a 20 month prison sentence for illegally importing and selling Chinese abortion drugs.

Zinfeng Zhu (also known as Kelly Zhu), a 24 year-old from Auckland, faced as much as seven years in jail after admitting in Auckland District Court to bringing the abortion drug into the nation.

Zhu admitted to receiving the abortion drugs from her parents in China and she said she made nearly $18,000 by selling them. When authorities arrested Zhu, they found a large quantity of the abortion drugs in her apartment.

She brought the pills into the country during 2005 and newspaper reports have highlighted several cases of women hemorrhaging and nearly dying from incomplete abortions after using the drugs.

Officials discovered Zinfeng after confiscating bags containing the drugs at Auckland International Airport.

Zinfeng had advertised the abortion drugs, on an Internet web site that was one of the most visited Chinese-language web sites in New Zealand.