State forced abortion

State forced abortion

FORCED AND COERCED ABORTION BY GOVERNMENTS

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 Demonstration against the one-child policy in China

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CHINA'S FORCED ABORTION POLICY

The Chinese government introduced a one-child policy in 1979 to stop population growth. The policy is controversial both within and outside China because of the human rights issues it raises; because of the manner in which the policy has been implemented; and because of concerns about negative economic and social consequences.

The Economist reported in July 2011 that the policy was becoming more stringent:

"BEFORE 1997 they usually punished us by tearing down our houses for breaching the one-child policy...After 2000 they began to confiscate our children." Thus Yuan Chaoren, a villager from Longhui county in Hunan province, describing in Caixin magazine the behaviour of family-planning bureaucrats. According to Caixin, local officials would take "illegal children" and pack them off to orphanages where they were put up for adoption. Foreign adoptive parents paid $3,000-5,000 per child. The bureaucrats collected a kickback."

Read more of the Economist article

On October 10th 2010, Xiao Aiying, who was eight months pregnant, was dragged from her home in Siming in southwest China and forced to have an abortion. This is a part of the debate on abortion that the media are largely silent about. Watch the two minute news report above by Al Jazeera's Melissa Chan.

Numerous atrocities have been reported in the Western and Chinese Press but the policy and its enforcement is allowed to continue. Read some of these examples below:

 

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Mao Hengfeng shows some of the marks she received while being tortured by the Chinese authorities

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Liu Xinwen says she was forcibly aborted at 6 months of pregnancy

 

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COERCION AND BULLYING IN ADVERTISING

It is hard for persons in democratic societies to grasp how China's party-state can control the fertility of China's millions. The effort starts with a barrage of anti-child propaganda in the schools and workplaces, and then moves to open intimidation in banners and slogans posted in public places. Here are some pictures of the kind of public threats the authorities make against those women who may be pregnant with "illegal" children.

该流不流扒握牵牛

Translation: "If it should be aborted and is not aborted, your house will be destroyed and your cow will be taken." 

宁可血流成河, 不准超生一个  

Translation: "Even if you bleed enough to make a river, you must not give birth to an extra child!" Hunan Province. 

该扎不扎, 关人作押, 该流不流, 折房牵牛。

Translation: "If you should get sterilized and you don’t, you will be detained and prosecuted. If you should abort and do not abort, your house will be torn down and your cattle will be led away." 

外出的叫回来, 隐瞒的挖出来 计划外怀孕的坚决引下来 该扎的坚决拿下来

Translation: "Call back those who are located far away, dig out those who are hidden, Those who are pregnant outside the policy absolutely must have labor induced. Those who should be sterilized absolutely must be dragged down."

 

该环不环,该扎不扎, 见了就抓.

Translation: "If you are supposed to wear an IUD but don't, or are supposed to have your tubes tied but don't, you will be arrested on sight!"

Translation: "Those of you who don't abort or get sterilized, and are happy to have excess births and pay fines. . . [image unclear]."

This kind of in-your-face propaganda, combined with strong-arm tactics on those who hold-out, brings most women to heel. Then there are group pressure tactics, used in Liaoning province in northeastern China and elsewhere. In these provinces, second births are allowed only if there no illegal births. If even one illegal child is born, no second births are allowed, and women carrying second children are aborted.

Thanks to Steve Mosher of the Population Research Institute for this information

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DEMOGRAPHIC NIGHTMARE

Demographers are now concerned that the one child policy has so intensified the Chinese preference for a boy as to have seriously distorted the balance of the sexes in favour of males. The sex ratio at birth (between male and female births) in mainland China reached 117:100 in the year 2000, substantially higher than the natural baseline, which ranges between 103:100 and 107:100. 

According to a report by the State Population and Family Planning Commission, there will be 30 million more men than women in 2020, potentially leading to social instability. The correlation between the increase of sex ratio disparity on birth and the deployment of one child policy would appear to have been caused by the one-child policy. 

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Chinese government posters promoting the one-child policy

   

IT KEEPS GETTING WORSE...

A blind Chinese activist, who was freed from jail last year but remains under strict house arrest, was reportedly beaten senseless after releasing a video that documented his plight.

Watch this exclusive video which shows ill treatment and illegal detention of blind activist Chen Guangcheng, China Aid, 2/9/11

 

BUT HAS THEIR FORCED POLICY GONE TOO FAR...

The Telegraph reported on the 4th August 2013, that the official news agency Xinhua said that the Family Planning Commission is studying proposals to lift the ban on a second child, if either parent is an only child. The body's spokesman said aim is to "improve" family policy, confirming leaks to Chinese newspapers that a major shift is in the works. The new rules are expected to come into force early next year, and may be extended to cover all families by 2015. The shift in policy may come too late to avert an ageing shock. The workforce shrank by 3m last year, an inflection point that has come sooner than expected. 

Read the article in the Telegraph here: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/china-business/10221730/China-to-ditch-its-one-child-policy-as-ageing-crisis-looms.html

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Campaign against forced Abortion

The Women's Rights without frontiers have made a harrowing video on the plight of Chinese women who violate the one-child policy. Watch the video below and check out their on-line petitions.

 

 

 

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