Hundreds of teens pregnant
More than 400 unmarried women under the age of 20 reported unwanted pregnancies last year, the youngest of whom was just 13 years old, the Department of Health’s Bureau of Health Promotion said. About 200 of them opted for abortion, while the rest decided to keep their babies, said Chiang Chien-dai (江千代), head of the bureau’s program, that provides medical services for young women. Fifty percent of the reported pregnant teens were the victims of workplace sexual assault, while a lack of contraception was the other major factor resulting in the unwanted pregnancies, the bureau said. Speaking ahead of a seasonal surge in demand for abortions, which falls in September after the school summer vacation, Chiang said women from single-parent families or those brought up by their grandparents are more prone to falling pregnant as teenagers. Chiang urged young people to practice safe sex.
Da Bing’s ashes arrive
The ashes of Taiwanese comedian Da Bing (大炳) arrived at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport yesterday ahead of a memorial service expected next week for the entertainer, whose career was often overshadowed by drug abuse. Da Bing, also known as Tony Fish, contracted pneumonia and died of multiple organ failure at Peking Union Medical College Hospital on Friday, according to his younger brother Xiao Bing (小炳). A memorial service is scheduled for Monday in Taipei, Xiao Bing said. Da Bing, 37, rose to fame after impersonating politicians such as former premier Frank Hsieh (謝長廷) and female celebrities such as Whitney Houston. He had a small role in the 2005 Hollywood movie titled Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo.