Because of China’s one-child policy (a policy now expanded to two children), many couples chose to abort female children. Abortion has also become a normal “birth control” option for young women.
Abortion is prevalent
But nothing is in place to discourage abortion. China’s one million family planning officials will still force abortions on women for any pregnancy after their second. In addition, these officials will impose massive fines and preventing those “extra” children who avoid abortion from getting an education.
According to Reggie Littlejohn, the chief of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, “China’s two-child policy continues the same massive crimes against women and children that were committed under the one-child policy. A two-child policy will not end forced abortion or forced sterilization.”
1 in 100 have had an abortion
China’s National Health and Family Planning Commission reports that more than 13 million abortions happen each year in China. That rate of abortions is about 1 in 100 people. That is well above global averages. In the U.S. the rate is 1 in 500 people. China’s official abortion rates do not include medically induced abortions or abortions done at unlicensed clinics.