Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Abortions Outstrip Live Births in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam: 100,000+ Annually

The population of Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon, is estimated at about 6.5 million or about 7.4% of the total population of Vietnam; making it the highest population-concentrated city in the country.

Local sources say the number of abortions is greater than the number of births. Abortions are done to maintain incomes or out of fear for one’s reputation. Redemptorist Fathers pray for those who abort “out of cowardice” and those who fight for life. They have set up a centre that takes in unmarried pregnant women.


Another woman, who is six-month pregnant, said the more than 1,000 cement containers hold the ashes of aborted foetuses the Redemptorists have cremated. Members of the pro-life group the former founded collect around 50 to 200 aborted foetuses every day from hospitals and clinics in the city for a decent disposal. A Redemptorist father said that each 10-by-10-by-30-centimetre container can hold the ashes of some 50 to 70 aborted foetuses. Hundreds of the containers are kept in the chapel's sanctuary.


According to the Hồ Chí Minh City-based Center for Protection of Health of Mothers and Children and Family Planning, more than 100,000 abortions take place in the city each year and that, in recent years, abortions outnumbered births. According to its own data, there were 114,002 abortions and 112,426 births in 2003 compared to 108,193 abortions and 107,314 births in 2004.


Statistics Canada reports our nation’s abortion rate for 2004 was 100,763. Our total population is about 33.4 million.

Even one child violently and willfully killed by a mother or her accomplice is too many. It’s also a crime, regardless of a nation’s laws.

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