Chinese physicians claim to have murdered over 330,000,000 million babies since the government implemented a controversial family planning policy 40 years ago, according to official data from the health ministry.
The Communist Chinese government publishes these numbers, yet reporters outside the Communist country believe the numbers to much, much higher.
China’s one-child policy has been the subject of a heated debate. Sadly, world news media are not debating the immorality of these murders, but rather the economic consequences that will arise from an an ageing Chinese population.
Forced abortions and sterilizations have also been criticized by human rights campaigners such as Chen Guangcheng, the blind legal activist who sought refuge at the US embassy in Beijing last year. China is easy to criticize when they clearly show more brutality against the basic rights of women than Muslim and Arab nations.
China first introduced measures to limit the size of the population in 1971, encouraging couples to have fewer children. The one-child rule was mandated by the late 70’s.
Since 1971, Chinese doctors admit to murdering 336,000,000 million children. They also claim to have forcibly sterilized 196,000,000 million women.
Their Nationalized Healthcare, much like the new Healthcare system in America, mandates permanent internal birth control. 403,000,000 million women have been kept from having children through these intrauterine devices.
In the US, where the population is 315,000,000 or about one-quarter the size of China’s, an estimated 50,000,000 million abortions have been performed since the landmark Roe vs Wade Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in 1973.
The Chinese data also show that the number of medical procedures to prevent births has been steady since the late 1990s, despite repeated calls for a softening of the one-child rule. Every year Chinese doctors abort roughly 7,000,000 million pregnancies, sterilize almost 2,000,000 million men and women, and insert 7,000,000 million intrauterine devices.
As China’s working-age population begins to decline, economists have warned that the family planning rules will pose an increasing drag on economic growth. China’s dependency ratio – which compares the potential workforce with the number of children and retirees – rose last year for the first time in 40 years.
“This makes China’s population look more like a developed country than a developing one, which is a key disadvantage in labour-intensive industries,” said Ken Peng, an economist with BNP Paribas who analysed the health ministry data.
The birth restrictions have also led to a severe gender imbalance because of a traditional preference for male children and the selective abortion of female fetuses. There are now 34,000,000 million more men than women in China.
During the annual session of the Chinese parliament, which concludes on Sunday, the government merged the commission that enforces the one-child policy with the health ministry. Some analysts believe the move could presage a more rapid shift away from strictly enforced birth controls.
“After the ministerial restructuring, the power of the family planning unit will be reduced,” said He Yafu, a Chinese demographer. “It won’t have the ability to design policies and it will have less say in the country’s population strategy.”
According to Mr He, one likely change to family planning rules would be to permit two children for parents who were both single children themselves. The policy, in place on a trial basis in some cities, could be implemented nationwide, he added.
Mr Peng, however, said that even a total abolition of the family planning rules at this point would not be enough to alter China’s demographic structure, and would simply delay the country’s ageing process by a few years.
The calls for relaxation are also meeting resistance.
After supervision of the one-child policy was given to the health ministry, the deputy head of the family planning unit rounded on critics of his department’s work. “The idea of easing the ageing problem by increasing the fertility rate is like drinking poison to quench thirst,” Yang Yuxue said.
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