Mon, October 08, 2012
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Lack of sex education blamed for China's rising abortion rate

2012-10-08 10:22:21 GMT2012-10-08 18:22:21(Beijing Time)

By Yuan Yue, Sina English

An article in The China Press, a US-based newspaper, recently blamed the lack of sex education in China for the country's high rate of abortions.

Statistics released by the country's National Population and Family Planning Commission show that more than 13 million abortions are performed each year in China; over half of the women who had abortion are under 25, among which college students constitutes a high-risk group.The author of the article blamed the lack of sex education for the matter.

"Chinese young people receives far too little sex knowledge", the author says. "Recent research shows that 74% high school students in China have never talked about sex with their parents."

The article further points out that the "outdated" sex education in China fails to give teenage girls the sense of self-protection, which may result in abortion later.

"Sex education should no more be treated as something secretive," goes the article, "otherwise, young people may be ill-informed, and will have to face tragedies in the future."



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