According to Thaddeus M. Baklinski with LifeSiteNews.com, rising abortion rates, especially among unmarried teens, and widespread sex-selective abortions, are causing psychological trauma to many Vietnamese doctors.
Dr. Nguyen Thi Hong Minh, director of the Central Obstetrics and Gynecology Hospital in Hanoi, said she more and more frequently has to confront her “worst fears, having to abort unborn babies that are 20-22 weeks old, when their bodies are fully formed,” as the number of mothers seeking abortion steadily increases.
Minh said her hospital does more than 40 abortions every day, many of them to students and teenagers.
“I always feel a sharp pain along my back when I have to treat those unlucky babies,” Minh said as she described the abortion procedure she uses where, “the nutrition between the mother and baby is cut and the fetus dies in the womb in most cases.”
Dr. Minh revealed that she and many other abortionists seek consolation after performing abortions by “frequently visiting pagodas, trying to find some peace.”
“The psychological trauma faced by doctors could emerge as an important issue with the rapidly increasing number of people seeking to have abortions,” Dr. Minh concluded.
In Vietnam, which has an official two-child policy, abortion is legal and available in most provincial, district and communal health facilities.
However, Vietnamese Ministry of Health officials are becoming alarmed at the rising abortion rate for teens, which accounts for more than one third of the “official” 400,000 abortions that are committed in the country annually.
One official confirmed to VietNamNet that the official statistics were based “on central hospital data so the actual number of abortions would be much higher because most unmarried pregnant teenagers try to hide their situation and go to private clinics.”
Nguyen Thi Hoai Duc, head of Ministry of Health’s Reproductive Health and Family Institute, said in a VietNamNet Bridge report that Vietnam “topped the list of countries with the largest number of abortions” and that “abortions in the country’s unmarried teenagers was much higher than many other countries near the top of the list.”
In fact, according to a report from Planned Parenthood’s Guttmacher Institute, Vietnam has one of the highest abortion rate in the world, with about two million abortions taking place annually, which represents an abortion rate of 111 per 1,000 women aged 15–44, or a ratio of 58.2 abortions per 100 known pregnancies. The total abortion rate indicates that the average woman would have 3.32 abortions during her lifetime.