Nearly half of young
women who called Shanghai's first pregnancy hotline go to hospital for an
abortion by themselves without parental support, said officials in charge of the
The hotline (6587-6866) based at No. 411 Navy Hospital in Hongkou District
received 325 young women for abortion surgery between January and May. Almost
all the women were under 25 years old, including 36 girls under 18.
Only 7.8 percent of patients were accompanied by parents, who should show
more care and understanding to girls who have premarital sex and get pregnant,
"Many pregnant girls come here for consultation without informing their
parents, who have no idea about their daughter's pregnancy. One-third of the
girls come from other provinces for the operation for privacy reasons," said Dr
Zhang Zhengrong from the hospital.
"According to our investigations, over 70 percent of the girls who told their
parents were given a severe scolding and criticism instead of support and
She said many girls were in a poor mental state because of their pregnancy.
Support from their family was vital to help them live a normal life.