Induced abortion in eight provinces of China.

Y. Wang, S. Becker, L. P. Chow, S. X. Wang

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A survey of 12,000 women in eight provinces of China was carried out in 1988. One urban and one rural area were selected purposely in each province; data on lifetime and recent pregnancies were collected from married women aged 20-44. Data on abortions included reasons, gestational age, and complications. During the five years before the survey, the number of abortions per 100 live births was 102 in urban areas and 62 in rural areas. For those with one or more previous live births in urban areas, nearly all subsequent pregnancies ended in abortion. Also in urban areas, 31% of women with a recent abortion reported the reason was contraceptive failure. Over 80% of women are contraceptive users; the high abortion rates then reflect relatively low use-effectiveness of contraception and that most unplanned pregnancies are aborted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)32-40
Number of pages9
JournalAsia-Pacific journal of public health / Asia-Pacific Academic Consortium for Public Health
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1991

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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