'Lack of contraceptive education' leads to rise in abortions in China

Abortion levels among Chinese teens is rising due to the lack of education about condoms and other contraceptives, it has been claimed.

Writing for the Associated Press, Alexa Olesen described how many unmarried women are seeking terminations, with the figures steadily increasing each year.

She explained how youngsters aged between 15 and 24 are failing to be exposed to the extensive family planning network in the country as it is aimed primarily at married couples.

As a result, individuals in this bracket are "falling through the cracks" and embarking on sexual relationships with very little knowledge about contraceptives and reproductive health.

Zhou Anqin, the manager at an abortion clinic in Xi'an explained that students under-24 are among the most likely to have abortions due to social stigmas.

"The moral outrage over having a child before marriage in our society is much stronger than the shame associated with abortion," she said.

In 2009, the BBC published a comparison chart for abortions versus live births that was featured in the China Daily News.

It revealed that for every 20 million people born in China there were 13 million abortions.