Liberal Huffington Post Praises China’s One-Child Policy of Forced Abortions

International   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Oct 30, 2015   |   7:01PM   |   Beijing, China

How much more extreme can the Huffington Post get?

The liberal news outlet published a column this month praising China’s one-child policy as a “courageous collective commitment to the common good that averted untold human suffering and environmental abuse.”

Columnist Alon Tal, an environmental activist and professor, writes that the abusive one-child policy — which has lead to 13 million abortions every year, forced abortions and forced sterilizations — is necessary to successfully reduced poverty and pollution in China.

Tal admits that the policy has led to many abuses:

Although never official policy, there reportedly were many cases where overzealous local authorities enforced involuntary sterilization and abortions. Having only one child meant that many Chinese families abandoned the babies they were not supposed to have; or resorted to infanticide — especially when girls were born. Although illegal, selective abortion continues and has led to a massive imbalance of males in Chinese society: While naturally there are 1.05 boys born relative to 1.0 girls — in China the figure is closer to 1.15

But Tal dismisses these myriad human rights abuses by claiming, ironically, that the policy will save lives in the long-term. Tal says there are roughly 1.2 million premature deaths because of air pollution in China.



Tal’s column never mentions the more than 13 million abortions that occur every year, or 1,500 an hour, in China, according to government researchers. The astronomical abortion numbers are due, in large part, to the one-child policy — which encourages abortions and has resulted in forced abortions and sex-selection abortions.

Started in 1980, the policy, which is the most severe in the world, has resulted in severe human rights abuses. Family planning officials frequently jail couples who refuse to comply, sentence them to house arrest or labor camps, revoke jobs or governmental support, use physical harassment or violence and often target other family members.

Earlier this week, reported that China will expand to a two-child policy for every family. Despite the apparent good news, Reggie Littlejohn, one of the top human rights activists exposing the gendercide that takes place in China, tells that people are celebrating too soon.

Littlejohn says the move to a two-child limit “comes as no surprise, given the demographic disaster China now faces as a result of its One Child Policy.

“However, instituting a two-child policy will not end forced abortion, gendercide or family planning regulations in China. Couples will still have to have a birth permit for the first and the second child, or they may be subject to forced abortion,” Littlejohn said. “The core of the One Child Policy is not whether the number of children the government allows. It’s the fact that the government is setting a limit on children, and enforcing this limit coercively. That will not change under a two-child policy. The One Child Policy does not need to be modified. It needs to be abolished.”

“Women will still be forcibly aborted under a universal 2-child policy. We need to keep up the pressure until China abandons all coercive population control,” Littlejohn added. has documented numerous cases of Chinese women who were forced to abort their babies. In September, a woman “illegally pregnant” with her second child told Littlejohn that she felt Chinese officials pressuring to have an abortion at eight months. In 2014, a Chinese woman who was nine months pregnant with twins was forced to abort her children.