Teenage Pregnancy

UK mum forces adopted teen daughter to get pregnant

A British mother forced her 14-year-old adopted daughter to inseminate herself with donor sperm to provide a baby for her after she was prevented from adopting any more children. The case has emerged in a previously secret court judgment, reported yesterday for the first time, which raises questions over loopholes in international adoptions and the regulation of the global traffic in human eggs and sperm.

Tuesday, 30 April, 2013, 2:20am

Mother's Choice provides lifeline for girls with crisis pregnancies in HK

Alia Eyres, the Chief Executive Officer of Mother's Choice. Photo: Nora Tam

She did not want her parents to find out. She was scared but wanted the problem to go away, and the dark, dirty, tiny place in this decrepit old Tseun Wan building that could be anybody's living room, and the 40ish woman with the medical kit, could help her deal with the problem growing in her abdomen.

3 Dec 2012 - 10:22am

Letters to the Editor, October 22, 2012

Cross-border tension cannot be ignored

There is a feeling that, for the sake of people living in Hong Kong, there is a need for stronger regulation of the number of mainlanders coming here and better scrutiny by border control of the purpose of their visit.

22 Oct 2012 - 2:52am 1 comment

Hong Kong's schools need much better sex education

More than 40 per cent of local schools do not receive sex education from a qualified third-party provider. Photo: SCMP

I am writing in response to the editorial ("Wiser solution to teen pregnancy", October 4).

The editorial suggested that teen pregnancy does not seem to be a big problem in Hong Kong and stated that the census figures show that there were only 166 births to women under 18 in 2010.

18 Oct 2012 - 2:29am

Letters to the Editor, October 12, 2012

Independence advocates must rethink. Photo: Dickson Lee

Hopes still high for new government

Newly elected Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying has not enjoyed the so-called honeymoon period after taking office on July 1. There are numerous issues still plaguing him, from unauthorised building works found in his house to the government officials he appointed.

12 Oct 2012 - 3:16am 9 comments

Talk on the wild side

How do you teach children about the birds and the bees in the digital age? Touchscreens mounted on the walls of the Family Planning Association's mobile classroom point to changing approaches. Housed in a converted truck, the facility is now equipped with tablet PCs and gaming devices instead of shelves of books and videos.

19 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

When art is a frisky business

The Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation (YAF) has been a darling of corporate sponsors since it was formed 20 years ago. It has staged productions of popular musicals such as Bugsy Malone, Fame and Footloose. But this year's main stage show hasn't attracted a single sponsor, and it's not too difficult to see why.

20 Nov 2011 - 12:00am


Need for openness on teen pregnancies

I want to express my opinion about a 14-year-old mother-to-be who was the focus of a recent newspaper article.

The teenager, called Ah Ying, has posted her photos on her blog. It seems she is proud to have a baby at such a young age. I think she should be ashamed of her behaviour.

9 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

liberal studies

Reading comprehension

Answer the following questions

1 Why does teenage mum 'Sum' sometimes regret being a young parent?

a. she had to drop out of school and work to support her baby

b. sometimes she would rather go out with friends than go home to care for her baby

c. she doesn't have the support of a husband

23 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Teenagers in trouble

In response to the recently reported cases of teenage pregnancy, and the number of youngsters choosing to have abortions, Caritas Youth and Community Service carried out a survey to investigate the problem.

Between November last year and January this year, 51 women under the age of 24 who had had at least one abortion were interviewed.

21 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Girl, 14, held over death of newborn

Boy, likely stillborn, thrown from flat

A 14-year-old girl has been arrested in connection with the death of her newborn son who plummeted from her 24th-floor home in Yuen Long yesterday.

Last night, detectives were trying to trace the baby's father, as the case involved sexual intercourse with a girl under 16.

12 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Modern attitudes towards sex

TV show Sex Education encourages young people to think over dating and sex-related matters that they may face.

The three episodes targeted at young people, which explore sexual harassment at school, teenage cohabitation and compensated dating, aim to clear some common misconceptions.

29 Nov 2007 - 12:00am


Teen pregnancy a cause for concern

A hit TV drama called Mother at 14 about a pregnant teenager has put the spotlight on the problem of underage pregnancies.

According to the charity Mother's Choice, the number of young, unmarried women becoming pregnant in Hong Kong is increasing.

25 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

talk back

Q Should sex education be part of the formal school curriculum?

Sex education should always be part of the formal school curriculum. Without proper sex education, how can there be any hope of stopping, or at least reducing to a minimum, the risk of sexually transmitted diseases, or preventing teenage pregnancies?

29 Jul 2006 - 12:00am