Sex education from church and state sends mixed messages in Vietnam

in Hanoi

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MDG : Abortion and family planning in Vietnam

A clinic offering 4D foetus imaging in Hanoi. For decades, communist Vietnam enforced a two-child policy, using a mix of administrative penalties and subsidised family planning. Photograph: Hoang Dinh Nam/AFP/Getty Images

On a Saturday morning, about 100 people gather for mass at Thai Ha church in Hanoi. During the sermon, the priest talks about the dangers of sex before marriage and the sin of killing an unborn child. Behind the pews, on a table, sits a small coffin containing foetuses and stillborn babies collected by volunteers over the week from private clinics. Today there are 13 in the box.

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