Monday, August 25, 2008

Vietnam: One of the highest rates of abortion in the world..

After reading an article in Timeout Magazine, it had an article about Vietnam's growing issue with abortions. Teenagers have a naivety towards safe sex with a lack of sex education. When you're young and in love, nothing else really matters. But they do.

-According to the Vietnam Family Planning Association, Vietnam has between 1.2million to 1.6million cases per year.

-VFPA says that between 5% have given birth before the age of 18 and 15% by the age of 20.

-Abortions are also cheap procedures, costing between 100,00VND to 150,000VND (about USD$6 to USD$8).

-With up to four generations under one household, many young couples will check into day hotels (rooms for rent).

-Many teenagers will call clinics or ask what they should do AFTER having unprotected sex says Nguyen Bich Lam of Hanoi's Anh Sang Clinic.

All in all, I think that sex education will need to be the next priority along with economic development. Vietnam is in such a unique position because of the young population. 75% of the population is under 35.

knowlege is power.


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