A typical abortion costs around 500 yuan, but prices can double with anesthesia, and such rates are high enough to promote a sizable informal-abortion market in China. Wei Aimin, a Beijing law maker, is seeking to gut the informal market with one fell swoop by proposing free (or, at least, very cheap) abortions specifically aimed at college students in need.
The “Law Maker Wants Free Abortions For Co-Eds” is a more exciting headline than it seems (also, if we go Upworthy-style: “You Won’t BELIEVE What This Chinese Law Maker Wants For Sexually Active College Students) and the actual proposal is almost painfully commonsensical, as South China Morning Post reports:
Wei Aimin, a deputy of the Beijing People’s Congress and a lawyer with Beijing Dangdai law firm, told Beijing-based Morning Post that many students seeking abortions went to underground clinics to prevent their parents and teachers from finding out and because they could not afford to go to large hospitals.
“All public hospitals in the city should offer abortions to pregnant students for free or for a minimal charge of 100 yuan,” Wei was reported as saying, “So they are not forced to go to cheaper unlicensed clinics.” […]
“The pregnant girls deserve public care. Parents, society and government should help them to solve their difficulties in a collective effort,” the newspaper cited Wei as saying.
Wei placed some blame on China’s wonderfully-inadequate sexual education system, whose failures, misdirections, queasiness, uselessness, shittiness, and staggering ineptitude have been coming under fire more and more frequently.