by Bethany Blankley, Christian Post Op-Ed Contributor
Recent reports reveal the costly socio-economic and human reality of four decades of gendercide in China. Gendercide is sex-selective abortion, which has resulted in the murder of girls (born or unborn) at disproportionately higher rates than boys. Gendercide is a direct result of China's One Child Policy.
If the consequences of China's policies are not seriously heeded, tragedies of unknown proportions will occur in America—as they are already occurring around the world.
In 1964, the first national Family Planning Office was established to oversee China's fertility reduction program, which included implementing a One Child Policy (one child per couple). To enforce the policy, the government instituted mandatory birth control and abortion (often referred to as "remedial measures").
By 1979, China enforced stricter rules. Government officials chart women's menstrual cycles and require monthly pelvic exams to prevent pregnancies. Every married couple must apply for a birth permit before starting a pregnancy. After having one child, women are required to be inserted with IUDs or be sterilized. If a pregnancy is unauthorized, it is to be terminated and one spouse is required to be sterilized. For the majority of people, a second pregnancy and any pregnancy without a birth permit, is referred to as "out-of-plan" and illegal.
Today, nearly two-thirds of all Chinese couples (approximately 900 million people, or the equivalent to three times the size of the U.S. population) are under the jurisdiction of the One Child Policy, which is enforced by 300,000 officials.
The consequences of the One Child Policy are direr than could have ever been foreseen.
China has the highest abortion rate in the world. Since 1971, the Chinese Health Ministry reported that it has recorded 336 million abortions, 196 million sterilizations, and 403 million IUD implants. Approximately 30-60 percent of Chinese women, depending on their age, have an abortion each year. Abortions and sterilizations are often unsafe, lack proper sanitation or anesthesia, and frequently result in hemorrhaging, infection, paralysis, or death.
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On November 16th, 2010, an All Girls Allowed staff member received an email forwarded by one of our volunteers. It was written by a woman who was abducted as a girl:
"Original name: Peng Qinglan. Date of birth: September 12th, 1979. Father: Peng Guanglin. Mother: Wang Xinmei. A brother named Xiaogui. Two sisters. At that time, because my father worked at a factory, he sent me to stay at the house of a neighbor whose husband and son were co-workers of my father's. During our summer break in June, 1988, I went swimming with the...
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Text reads: "All Girls Allowed - restoring life, value and dignity to girls and mothers, revealing the injustice of China's One-Child Policy"
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