China Officially Changes to Positive Slogans in Forced Abortion Programs

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Oct 10, 2007   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
October 10,

Beijing, China ( — China has officially adopted new positive and uplifting slogans for its family planning program that involves making families have only one child and forcing them to have abortions or sterilizations when they don’t comply. The nation tossed 76 offensive slogans that appeared in public in advance of the 2008 Summer Olympics.

The National Population and Family Planning Commission had the Center for International Communications Studies of Tsinghua University conduct a survey about 2,787 family planning slogans.

The survey showed residents of China are beginning to see the new slogans and 43 percent of the respondents say the new posters and slogans are more positive than before.

The new slogans include sayings such as "healthy childbearing," "reproductive health," "rearing better children," "care for girls," "male health" and "aging population," according to the Xinhua news agency.

The slogans are also an attempt to foster more respect for girls, who are routinely victims of sex-selection abortions and infanticides. As a result, the posters and billboards include phrases such as "Both boys and girls are in parents’ hearts."

Some of the older slogans dismissed by family planning officials ranged from "Raise fewer babies but more piggies" to the more aggressive "Houses toppled, cows confiscated, if abortion demand rejected" and "One more baby means one more tomb."

The family planning commission decided in early August to change to the new slogans to help win more support for the one-child policy, and while the news media focus on the changes, an increase in fines went below the radar.

Heavy fines have also been customary and the untold story along with the slogan changes is that Chinese officials will fine the Chinese people for violations to such a heavy price that they may not be able to afford it.

Hunan provincial People’s Congress is discussing new local family planning regulations that would fine couples who violate the one-child rule to the amount equal to eight times the offenders’ incomes for the previous year.

That could produce a strong response from the citizens there as inordinate family planning fines caused violent protests in Bobai county in the southwestern portion of the Asian nation.

In July, Chinese courts there sentenced two men to prison who were involved in a protest against forced abortions that involved thousands of people.

The protests began after family planning authorities began forcibly aborting women for violations of the nation’s one-child population policy in April. At least 61 women were made to have abortions as late as seven and nine months into pregnancy.

Women were forced to have abortions because they were unmarried, while other women were married and pregnant with their second child.

Because of the alleged violations of the family planning policy, officials increased fines for offenders and began seizing or destroying the property of people who couldn’t pay the fines.

Some of the citizens of the area say the fines were instituted even on people who had already paid them and that and the forced abortions caused thousands of citizens to riot and destroy government buildings and property.

Police eventually arrested 28 people in association with the riots, according to official Chinese media sources.

Similar high fine initiatives have been adopted in Henan and Zhejiang provinces where the incidence of female infanticides is at their highest because of the cultural preference for boys.