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50 girls and women undergo abortions after hotline calls

MORE than 50 girls and young women underwent abortions after calling the city’s first hotline offering guidance on unexpected pregnancies last month.

Some 30 percent of them are middle school, high school or vocational school students currently on their summer vacation, helpline officials said yesterday.

Middle school students are aged between 12 and 15, while high school and vocational school students range from 16 to 18.

A total of 549 girls and young women called the hotline 65876866 last month, most of whom had recently had sex and were seeking advice.

“Of callers, 14.1 percent are students from middle schools and 19.4 percent from high schools and vocational schools,” said Dr Cheng Xiaomei, director of the gynecology department of the No. 411 Hospital of People’s Liberation Army, which provides medical support for the hotline.

“More education on safe sex must be provided to teach young people how to protect themselves,” said Cheng.

“Proper guidance is extremely important,” she added. 

A recent survey by the hotline found over half of parents of children in high schools don’t ban their children from having a boyfriend or girlfriend.

In the poll of 309 parents, 54 percent said they are not against their children forming a romantic relationship at high school, believing this is good for their development.

As long as they’re not doing anything improper with bad results, having a close friend from the opposite sex is no bad, said one mother, whose son is a high school student.

She said she even gave her son 500 yuan (US$81) on learning that he has a girlfriend.



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