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A CITY government in central China's Hunan Province will investigate allegations that some family planning officials paid prostitutes for abortions to make their quotas, Xinhua news agency reported.

The Leiyang government said last night it does not allow this and will investigate and punish anyone responsible.

This was in response to a media report of a speech by the city's vice mayor Xie Zhichun, which was published widely online.

Xie, at an April 14 meeting, rebuked some grassroots officials who had been forging data to make their work targets. Among the dodgy figures were the number of abortions for women who were not allowed to have another baby and had to have abortions, according to the country's family planning regulations.

To fulfill their quotas, some officials waited outside hospitals for prostitutes who wanted to have abortions and paid for the operations with public money, Xie said during the speech.

Prostitutes, illegal in China, are not covered by the country's welfare system for abortions.

Tan Caiyu, Leiyang's publicity minister, acknowledged the report to China National Radio, but stressed that only a few of those paid were prostitutes.

"Many were women who had unplanned pregnancies," he said.

Providing false data went on in other places as well as Leiyang, Tan said.




 

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