Saturday, May 7, 2016

China's Annual Abortion Toll Double Estimates!


By Bob Unruh
World Net Daily

Chinese sources have estimated an astonishing 13 million babies are aborted annually, but a new U.S. State Department report calculates the toll is 23 million, or 43 abortion deaths every minute.

Pro-life activist Reggie Littlejohn, president of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, called the figure “truly staggering, incomprehensibly tragic.”

To put it in perspective, she noted that while China has four times the population of the United States, it has 23 times the number of abortions.

The U.S. State Department’s “Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2015” says it “continues to be illegal in almost all provinces for a single woman to have a child, with fines levied for violations.”

“The law mandates that family-planning bureaus conduct pregnancy tests on married women and provide them with unspecified ‘follow-up’ services. Some provinces fined women who did not undergo periodic state-mandated pregnancy tests,” the report says.

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“Officials at all levels could receive rewards or penalties based on whether or not they met the population goals set by their administrative region. Promotions for local officials depended in part on meeting population targets. Linking job promotion with an official’s ability to meet or exceed population targets provided a powerful structural incentive for officials to employ coercive measures to meet population goals. An administrative reform process initiated pilot programs in some localities that removed this criterion for evaluating officials’ performance.”

The family-planning law states that officials should not violate citizens’ “lawful rights” in the enforcement of policy, but it doesn’t clearly define the rights or the penalties for violating them. By law, citizens may sue officials who exceed their authority in implementing birth-planning policy, but few protections existed for whistleblowers against retaliation from local officials. The law provides significant and detailed sanctions for officials who helped persons evade the birth limitations.

The State Department says China’s National Health Population and Family Planning Commission reported that 13 million women annually terminated unplanned pregnancies while an official news media outlet also reported at least an additional 10 million chemically induced abortions were performed in non-government facilities.

Government statistics on the percentage of all abortions that were non-elective was not available.

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