Discounted Abortions

Me, I use my student ID card to get cut-price cinema access and the like. As the above ad which appeared to a Chongqing Hospital promises, in China it would get one a cut-price abortion.

The characters read (although I am willing to be corrected):

Students are our future, but when something happens to them, who will help and protect them? Chongqing Huaxi Women’s Hospital has started Students Care Month, where those students who come to get an abortion can get 50% off if they show their student ids. Abortion surgeries are the most advanced in the world, won’t stretch (your womb), won’t hurt, it’s quick, and you can do what you want afterward, it won’t affect your studies or your work.

I discussed yesterday the tale of my Jiangsu correspondent who had just had an abortion.  Today I saw that Marie Stopes International has opened – potentially using NHS-funding – a series of abortion clinics in Jiangsu.

No doubt a certain-somebody will be around shortly to suggest this is in keeping with an organization named after a eager proponent of eugenics, but dismay would not be limited to him.

Amazingly, other women’s rights groups were not prepared to put aside this shibboleth.   Labour MP Kate Hoey said:

“I don’t see why British taxpayers’ money via the NHS should in any way be supporting Chinese government policies.

“It’s very sad that an organisation like Marie Stopes doesn’t reflect more on the grotesque human rights abuses that take place there.”

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2 Responses to “Discounted Abortions”

  1. Sarah AB Says:

    I think sometimes it is assumed that there is an easy congruence between feminism and abortion when in fact the situation seems much more complicated. This isn’t an issue I have decided views on – Hillary Clinton’s ‘safe, legal and rare’ seems about right. For the sake of the women involved I am uncomfortable with the idea that abortion is no different from, say, dentistry.

  2. Dominic Says:

    Seems like a not inappropriate point to mention this forthcoming 40-day vigil outside a Marie Stopes chamber of death in London
    http://www.40daysforlife.com/london/

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