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Beijing wants fewer abortions

The Chinese government wants to limit the number of abortions performed for “non-medical reasons,” according to new government guidelines released on Monday. “The basic national policy of gender equality and the principle of giving priority to children needs to be implemented in depth,” said Huang Xiaowei, deputy director of the State Council’s National Working Committee on Women and Children, according to a report by The Guardian. Huang also announced new measures to prevent unwanted pregnancies, according to the report. Men should be encouraged to “take responsibility for joint contraception”.

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