What's your view on teenage abortion?

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 21 February, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 21 February, 2008, 12:00am

Li Wan-ching, 23

Top tunes: Modern musicals

While it is true that abortion does affect young girls, youngsters are entitled to their own choice. The most effective way to solve the problem is to prevent teenage pregnancy through better sex education. The current system of requiring two doctors' certificates is balanced between personal freedom and the government efforts to curb mindless abortion arising from casual sex.

Peter So, 22

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Teenagers nowadays are more open towards sex. Yet, I think the option of whether or not to have abortion should be left to the woman as long as it doesn't affect their health. As underage girls will not be ready to have babies, I support leaving the option open for them to have the procedure. Having the baby may not be best for mother and child. But, maybe doctors should have approval from parents before letting underage teens have abortion.

Xie Rui, 23

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I think some girls have an abortion because time is running out for them. Maybe they come from broken families and have no support. Having the abortion might be their only choice. There are many unmarried girls going to Mother's Choice for help. Teens are now more open minded, they take sex casually.

Emily Tsang, 22

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The government should have tighter control over underage girls having sex. Teenagers should be introduced to sex education at an earlier age. Teachers and the government only focus on teen pregnancy; they neglect the problem of teen abortion. Teens should be taught that having sex at an early age may not be good for them.

Elmy Lung, 22

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There's not enough sex education. Porn sites are readily available, parents and teachers should not let kids do whatever they want on the internet. In the UK, sex education is not a compulsory subject, so the teenage pregnancy rate is highest among European countries. This illustrates that if there is some sort of education scheme or support, the problem can be prevented.