China Abortion Center Under Fire for Ad Touting Half-Priced Abortions for Students

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Aug 27, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

China Abortion Center Under Fire for Ad Touting Half-Priced Abortions for Students

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
August 27
, 2009

Beijing, China (LifeNews.com) — An abortion business in Chongqing, China is coming under fire across the Internet for a new newspaper advertisement. The ad touts half-priced abortions for girls who are students in high school and college as long as they show their student ID when the obtain the abortions.

"Students are our future, but when something happens to them, who will help and protect them?" the ad reads.

"Chongqing Huaxi Women’s Hospital has started Students Care Month, where those students who come to get an abortion can get 50% off if they show their student IDs," it continues, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

"Abortion surgeries are the most advanced in the world, won’t stretch (your womb), won’t hurt, it’s quick, and you can do what you want afterward, it won’t affect your studies or your work," the ad says.

Abortions are legal in China and are so widespread that the cost is significantly lower than in the United States. While first-trimester abortions can cost as much as $4-500 locally, they can be obtained for as little as $88 in China.

China sees as many as 13 million abortions done on an annual basis, official state media reported in a rare admission in July.

The China Daily newspaper said the abortions are mostly done on single women who do not know much about the use of contraception.

The number is likely higher as the total only includes abortions done in hospitals and does not include those abortions that occur in unregistered stand-alone centers. The 13 million abortions annually also does not include the 10 million abortion drugs that are sold annually.

The family planning numbers also showed that 62 percent of the women getting abortions were not married and most were between the ages of 20 and 29.

The office said the abortion figures were "an unfortunate situation" but did not say whether abortions were increasing or provide year-to-year information.

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