Ask the average person on the street how many abortions take place in America each year, and few probably will know the answer.
The average currently is just under 1 million – a number that tends to surprise and shock people. But abortion numbers in the U.S. are small compared to those in China.
More unborn babies are killed in abortions in China every year than anywhere else in the world. Breitbart News reports that according to Chinese government data, more than 63,000 unborn babies are killed in abortions every single day in China.
Although Chinese officials report that 13 million abortions took place in China in 2015, the U.S. State Department reported that the number is likely 10 million more.
That amounts to 63,013 abortions a day, 2,625 abortions an hour, or 43 per minute, according to the number of abortions given by the State Department.
And abuses of women and girls, both born and unborn, have been closely connected to abortions in China.
Reggie Littlejohn, president of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, which works to protect women and girls in China from forced abortion and forced sterilization, said many girls are targeted while they still are in the womb.
“Because of son preference, second daughters will remain at risk – so our Save a Girl Campaign remains important,” Littlejohn told Breitbart News. “We cannot give up the fight for the women and families of China, until every woman is free from the threat of coercion and every baby girl is free from the threat of sex-selection abortion or abandonment.”
Some of these abortions may be the woman’s choice, but many others are forced or coerced. China’s oppressive one child policy, changed to a two child policy in 2016, has led to massive abuses including forced late-term abortions and sterilizations.
“It is astonishing and heartbreaking that for every abortion in the United States, there are 23 million abortions in China — and we will never know how many of these are forced,” Littlejohn continued.
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Last August, Women’s Rights Without Frontiers reported a woman who was six months pregnant was coerced to abort her baby because she violated the two-child policy. Threatened with huge fines and loss of their jobs, Anxiang and her husband said they aborted their much-wanted child, according to the group.
“Although Anxiang was not physically dragged out of her home for an abortion, this abortion was nevertheless coerced,” Reggie Littlejohn, president of the organization, said in August. “You can force someone through physical coercion or financial coercion. Any abortion against the will of the mother is forced.”
The group reported two other cases where women who were eight- and six-months pregnant also were facing threats and onerous fines if they did not abort their babies.
In October, the BBC reported another family went into hiding to protect their third child from being forcibly aborted. Government officials also admitted to frequently visiting pregnant women’s homes and pressuring them to abort their unborn babies.
U.S. Congressman Chris Smith of New Jersey said he has listened to several Chinese women share their horrific forced abortion experiences. He said their stories are what motivate him to work to stop these abuses.
As Smith wrote in an editorial at LifeNews earlier this month, “By shining a light on what is happening in China we hope to move toward a world where every woman and girl is valued and deeply respected because of her intrinsic dignity, and where every child is welcomed regardless of his or her sex.”