HANGZHOU: Abortion rates among teens in the Zhejiang Province capital have
risen this month as young students rush to a free local clinic to terminate
their pregnancies while on vacation from schools and colleges.
Busy doctors from the Hangzhou Youth Reproduction Health Service Center said
they were struggling to keep up with the demand.
"Before, we only had two or three abortion operations a day," Zheng Weili,
director of the center which provides free consultations and abortions for
"But since the winter vacation started last week, we should be doing about 10
abortions every day, and most of them are 16 to 21 year old students."
Zheng, who is in charge of a hotline about reproduction health, said callers
found out about the free service, mainly from their classmates or through
"I think most pregnant students don't want their schools and classmates to
know," Zheng said.
"So they think the vacation is a good time for an operation and recovery.
That way, no one at the school would notice it."
Most of the pregnant students, are 18 to 20 years old, but some are even
The Hangzhou Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine last week treated a
15-year-old, accompanied by her mother, according to a report in the
Hangzhou-based Today Morning Express. The girl told the doctor that she was
suffering from an irregular period. But after examination, the doctor Fu Ping
found that she was two month's pregnant.
Doctors have warned that too many abortions make the uterine wall thinner or
even perforate, and could lead to sterility.
(China Daily 02/16/2007 page4)