Ho Chi Minh City abortion ratio 66 per 100 live births

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The abortion ratio in Ho Chi Minh City was double the national average with 66 cases per 100 live births last year, VnExpress quoted an official at a conference as saying Thursday.

Statistics from public hospitals showed that one in every two live births is terminated by the parents, To Kim Hoa, chief of the HCMC Population Agency, told the conference on population and health held on Wednesday.

According to Hoa, the main reasons for abortions in Vietnam were unexpected pregnancies due to poor use of contraception, adding that young married couples were also unfamiliar with pre-marriage health check-ups.

Meanwhile, Dr. Nguyen Ngoc Thong, director of HCMC Center for Reproductive Health Care, said abortion was an expected consequence of a city growing more crowded every day.

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"The demand for sex does not change, but nowadays no one wants to have children, so it is unavoidable that people have abortions after getting pregnant unexpectedly," he said.

However, the expert also noted that as compared to previous years when abortion outnumbered live births, the latest figure had showed a decrease in abortions.

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