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Feminist group blasts abortion consultation plan

STAFF WRITER , WITH AP

A feminist group yesterday blasted a government plan requiring young women to undergo clinical consultations before having abortions, saying the move was unwarranted interference in their lives.

Under the plan, anyone 18 or younger seeking an abortion would be counseled on abortion alternatives including marriage, adoption and foster care.

The proposal, unveiled by the Cabinet earlier this week, still needs the approval of the legislature before it becomes law.

Chi Hui-jung (紀惠容), head of the Garden of Hope Foundation, said the government should offer help instead of interference.

"We should make information and services available to pregnant girls, not tell them what to do," she said.

She added that the government has discouraged a proposal to establish a hotline to offer counseling to pregnant girls.

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