According to China’s National Health and Family Commission, 13 million abortions occur in their country each year. The United States, by comparison, reports that there are one million abortions annually. Additionally, 91% of teenagers who get pregnant in China have abortions and repeat abortions are not uncommon.
Qi Rongyi, chief physician of the gynecology and obstetrics department at a hospital in Tianjin, commented on China’s startling abortion statistics. She said, “The number of abortions performed is believed to be higher. This is because the statistics were collected from registered medical institutions and do not include abortions carried out at unregistered clinics.” She added that the number of girls under 16 undergoing abortions is growing by 30% a year at the hospital.
A 26-year-old woman recently shared about her abortion experience with China Daily. Zhao Lei said, “I can never forget the pain I went through then.” Now Zhao cannot get pregnant and her doctor believes it’s because of her abortion. However, advertisements in China promote “painless abortions” and claim that abortion won’t impact a young persons life at all.
Shan Dan, an obstetrician at Beijing Obstetrics and Gynecology Hospital, commented on the dangerous effects of abortion. She said, “Advertisements easily mislead women about the risks and dangers of unsafe abortions.” She also mentioned that abortions increase the risk of ectopic pregnancies, infertility and the potential for bacterial infection.
Additionally, although China has historically had low breast cancer rates when compared with Western nations, the incidence of breast cancer in China has increased at an alarming rate over the past two decades. As LifeNews previously reported, a medical study conducted at Tianjin Medical University Cancer Hospital revealed that induced abortion is significantly associated with an increased risk of breast cancer among Chinese females. The study also found that one induced abortion increases a woman’s risk of breast cancer by 44 percent, two by 76 percent, and three by 89 percent.
Ultimately, China’s brutal one-child policy is partially to blame for the 400 million abortions and 37 million sex-selection abortions that have taken place since 1980. The inhumane policy has caused countless infanticide cases, late-term abortions, forced abortions and forced sterilization. In 2013, the U.S. Department of State’s Trafficking in Person (TIP) report revealed that China has refused to acknowledge that its policy is creating a gender imbalance and fueling trafficking.