13 million abortions a year in China (3.5 Million in the U.S.)

‘I didn’t mind. Abortion now is painless anyway – I was under anaesthetic. It’s so easy, no wonder it’s popular nowadays.’

Young women like Ms Zhou form the main group driving China’s abortions, which number about 13 million annually or nearly a quarter of the world’s total. Abortions in China peaked in the 1990s, with official figures saying 14 million were performed.

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Editor’s note: Not easy or painless for the babies, though.