Chinese migrant workers are vulnerable to abortion risks, expert says

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 04 October 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d6354
  1. Jane Parry
  1. 1Hong Kong

Young single migrant women in China lack knowledge of reproductive health, cannot easily access contraception, and are at high risk of infertility and other complications associated with abortion, says Cheng Linan, director of the Center for Clinical Research and Training at the Shanghai Institute of Planned Parenthood.

Under China’s one child policy, the network of family planning services is generally very strong, especially in the countryside, and all major types of contraception are available free of charge. “However, when women move to the big cities they don’t know who to ask for help and …

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