According to Slate:
Official data from China’s health ministry has revealed just how pervasive abortions have been in China since it instituted its one-child policy. Since 1971, Chinese doctors have performed 336 million abortions in a country with a population of 1.35 billion. They have also performed 196 million sterilizations and inserted 403 million intrauterine devices, a birth control procedure that some have said are forced on women in China, reports the Financial Times. China has estimated that without the birth restrictions its population would now be around 30 percent larger.
I can’t imagine (well, sadly I can) that any but the most enthusiastic Mathusians, eugenicists, or pro-abortion activists don’t cringe when seeing these numbers. In about 40 years, Chinese doctors aborted a population of fetuses/babies the size of the entire US population! That is just staggering. What the Slate piece doesn’t discuss is to what extent these were coerced or “incentivized” abortions (by the latter, I mean women who were pressured by the threat of steep government fines or other penalties). I’m also curious to what extent those sterilizations were voluntary.
Here’s just one of many stories about how the Chinese government has been violating the most basic fundamental human rights of mothers and children. I’m sure even pro-choicers are almost unanimously appalled by such events. Really puts our discussions of big government in the US into context. From CNN:
When Ji Yeqing awakened, she was already in the recovery room.
Chinese authorities had dragged her out of her home and down four flights of stairs, she said, restraining and beating her husband as he tried to come to her aid.
They whisked her into a clinic, held her down on a bed and forced her to undergo an abortion.
Her offense? Becoming pregnant with a second child, in violation of China’s one-child policy.
“After the abortion, I felt empty, as if something was scooped out of me,” Ji told a congressional panel in September. “My husband and I had been so excited for our new baby. Now suddenly all that hope and joy and excitement disappeared. … I was very depressed and despondent. For a long time, whenever I thought about my lost child, I would cry.”
As she lay unconscious, she said, an IUD to prevent future pregnancies was inserted.
Horrible, just horrible.