Ms. Sheng recalls seeing lines of girls, most of whom had little sex education and scant knowledge of contraceptives, queuing for abortions. The gynecology ward in the average Shenzhen hospital was the most profitable of all.

“The drains in the city are filled with blood,” she says.

~ The Wall Street Journal, quoting author Sheng Keyi, who used her experience as a birth control propagandist in China as the inspiration for her debut novel, Northern Girls, July 5

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