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China Will Discourage Abortions to Boost Population



In an effort to boost the country's low birth rate, China's National Health Authority announced Tuesday that it will discourage abortions and take measures to make fertility treatment more accessible, International Business Times reported.

The authority published guidelines on its website that, among other steps, will encourage local governments to increase infant care services and family friendly workplaces. The authority also stated that it would implement reproductive health promotion to boost public awareness while "preventing unintended pregnancy and reducing abortions that are not medically necessary."

China's fertility rate, which was 1.16 last year, was significantly below the 2.1 Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development standard for a stable population and among the lowest in the world.


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