Powerful family pressure on women to have children

The main influences on a Hong Kong woman's decision to conceive come from her husband and his parents, according to a report released by the Hong Kong Society of Reproductive Medicine on Tuesday.

Tuesday, 20 November, 2012, 8:01pm

Health bites

Adding a missing protein to infertile sperm increases the chances of a successful pregnancy.

Scientists at Cardiff University in Wales are a step closer to treating male infertility with their latest discovery: adding a missing protein to infertile sperm can "kick-start" its ability to fertilise an egg and significantly increase the chances of a successful pregnancy. 

26 Sep 2012 - 4:54pm

Two Swedish women receive uteruses in first mother-to-daughter transplants

The transplant surgical team at a press conference. Photo: EPA

Two Swedish women received new uteruses at the weekend in the world's first mother-to-daughter uterine transplants aimed at helping them have babies, Gothenburg University announced yesterday.

Uterine transplants are new, with the first successful one performed in Turkey in 2011.

19 Sep 2012 - 4:39am

'One child' cruel and unnecessary

China's one-child policy has long been a cruel and unusual punishment of a nation, and of some families in particular. But it has achieved nothing that could not have been done without coercion and its likely abandonment in the not-too-distant future will do little or nothing to raise the nation's languishing fertility rate.

29 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Scrapping the one-child policy won't boost China's birth rate

Beijing's one-child policy is abhorrent. But its critics are guilty of gross exaggeration. Despite what they claim, the effect of the one-child policy on China's population and economy has been small.

13 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Another couple tell of forced abortion ordeal

Another victim of a forced abortion during late-term pregnancy - conducted because of the mainland's one-child policy - is seeking redress through the courts.

Beijing lawyer Xu Can said yesterday he was representing Wu Liangjie, 30, from Daji town in Fujian province, whose wife, Pan Chunyan, also 30, was forcibly given an injection in April that killed her unborn son.

9 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

One-child policy 'violates rights'

Fifteen mainland scholars and businessmen have called for an overhaul of the one-child policy, arguing it violates the constitution's guarantee of human rights.

The group, which includes eight law professors, made the request in a letter submitted to the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress on Thursday.

7 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Abortion is immoral and dangerous

Abortion is becoming more and more popular among teenagers. Many of them see it as the only way to deal with pregnancies. I believe this is totally wrong.

First, it is immoral to kill a baby. A foetus is a life and can feel pain. Some argue that if the foetus is not aborted, the teenage girl's future will be ruined. But it is immoral to take a life for one's own benefit.

3 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Row over abortion ordeal


28 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Forced-abortion case husband goes missing

The husband of a woman who earlier this month was forced to abort a seven-month-old fetus in Zhenping county, Shaanxi, has been missing since Sunday night after the family suffered days of harassment by local officials.

26 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

One-child rule could be eased as population ages

Couples in Shanghai barred from having a second child have drawn encouragement from comments by a family planning authority chief that they should be allowed to have another baby if they wish.

16 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Officials suspended after forced late-term abortion

Three officials in Shaanxi's Zhenping county have been suspended from duty after a forced late term abortion case sparked a national outcry.

15 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Late-term abortion forced on woman

Shaanxi Population and Family Planning Commission officials are probing allegations that authorities in Zengjia town forced a woman who was seven months pregnant to have an abortion almost two weeks ago.

The commission said in a statement on the province's official website that a team had been sent to Ankang , the city that oversees the township, to conduct an investigation.

14 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Failures in sex education drive abortions rise

The advertisements touting 'painless abortions' are dotted across the internet, making it easy for mainland teenage girls to find an underground clinic near where they live.

5 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Abortions fear over hospital closure threat

The closure of a private hospital that carries out almost half of Hong Kong's abortions could lead to women seeking illegal or unsafe terminations, it is feared.

Last year around 5,000 abortions were performed at the Hong Kong Central Hospital in Mid-Levels.

6 May 2012 - 12:00am