NEW YORK. China’s One Child (not Two Child) Policy turns 36 this week (September 25). Reggie Littlejohn, President of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, stated, “The One (now Two) Child Policy has been responsible for hundreds of millions of forced abortions and sterilizations and untold human suffering. Of great concern is the fact this year we learned that the number of abortions in China is not 13 million, but a staggering 23 million a year. It is appalling that the Chinese Communist Party has touted its “prevention” of 400 million lives through the One Child Policy as a great contribution to the fight against global warming.”
In China, abortion has little to do with a woman’s choice. The world was shocked in 2012 when the photograph of Feng Jianmei lying next to her forcibly aborted baby emerged through Women’s Rights Without Frontiers into Western media, showing millions the true face of Chinese population control.
Forced abortion continues under China’s new Two Child Policy. On July 22, 2016, for example, a Guangdong couple was told they must have an abortion or both lose their government jobs. The wife was eight months pregnant.
According to the most recent State Department Report, the number of abortions in a year has increased from 13 to 23 million a year. In the past, the Chinese government reported 13 million abortions a year. The 2015 State Department Report noted that according to official Chinese sources, “The number of abortions performed is believed to be higher,” because the statistics in the past were collected only from registered medical institutions and did not include abortions at unregistered clinics. The State Department Report states that an “official [Chinese] news media outlet” has reported that “at least an additional 10 million chemically induced abortions were performed in nongovernmental facilities.”
Adding abortions of official and unofficial facilities results in 23 million abortions a year. 23 million abortions a year comes to 63,013 abortions a day, 2625 abortions an hour, 43 per minute. The United States population is about 320 million, with about 1 million abortions per year. The population of China is almost 1.4 billion, with about 23 million abortions per year. Therefore China, with four times the population of the United States, has 23 times the number of abortions.
According to the State Department Report, the Chinese government did not provide a statistic on how many of these abortions were forced.
Further, the theme for the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women 2016 was “Women’s empowerment and the link to sustainable development.” Regarding “sustainable development,” at the U.N. Climate Conference in Copenhagen in December of 2009, a senior official responsible for the coercive population control famously stated that the One Child Policy was successful in reducing carbon emissions blamed for global warming.
According to Xinhua, Zhao Baige, then-Vice Minister of China’s National Population and Family Planning Commission, stated:
“China has managed to bring down its birth rate with the family planning policy in the past 30 years, which results in less population and less carbon dioxide emission . . . Such a decline in population growth converts into a reduction of 1.83 billion tons of carbon dioxide emission in China per annum at present. . . . The policy on family planning proves to be a great success. It not only contributes to reduction of global emission, but also provides experiences for other countries, developing countries in particular, in their pursuit for a coordinated and sustainable development.”
China has touted the elimination of 400 million lives under the coercive One Child Policy as an effective means to combat climate change. They have also set their population control program out as a successful example for developing nations to follow.
What the Chinese government has not mentioned is the fact that too many of these lives were prevented through forced abortion and involuntary sterilization.
Human beings are not walking carbon footprints.
Forced abortion is not a choice. It is official government rape.
Littlejohn added: “One out of every five women in the world lives in China. The women of the world will not be free until the women of China are free.”
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Watch our video, Stop Forced Abortion: China’s War Against Women http://www.womensrightswithoutfrontiers.org/?nav=stop-forced-abortion
Guangdong Families Told to Have Abortion or Lose Job http://www.sixthtone.com/news/guangdong-families-told-have-abortion-or-lose-job
Family planning policy prevents 400 million births, Xinhua News Agency (9 Nov 2006) http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2006-11/09/content_729166.htm
China’s Population Policy Helps Slow Global Warming, Says Official 12/10/09 (Copenhagen) http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009-12/10/content_12624315.html