Since 1971, 336 million unborn babies have lost their lives to abortion in China, according to new data from the Chinese government.
The year 1971 was when China began implementing abusive population control measures that lead to its one-child policy. The policy brought about forced abortions up to 9 months of pregnancy, forced sterilizations and more.
The new data only tracks the number of population control measures performed. One can only guess how many abortions and sterilizations were forced or coerced upon women in China.
According to the Financial Times, the new data from the Chinese government details how many abortions, sterilizations and intrauterine device implants have been performed since 1971.
The report shows:
- 336 million abortions
- 196 million sterilizations
- 403 million intrauterine devices (IUDs)
According to the Gospel Coalition, the abortion numbers alone in China are equal to the combined populations of the United States and Australia. They also are higher than the number of people killed in the 10 deadliest wars in human history.
“The magnitude of the crime is incomprehensible to the human imagination,” coalition blogger Joe Carter wrote. “Only God can truly fathom the depths of this depravity and only God can truly apprehend the magnitude of this loss. May he have mercy on our world for what we have done.”
Women and girls, both born and unborn, bear most of the abuses. Women who are born are forced to abort their unborn babies up to nine months of pregnancy, forcibly sterilized or implanted with long-lasting contraceptive devices.
Inside the womb, unborn girls are targeted for sex-selection abortions. According to current population data, there are 34 million more men than women in China. Experts say this is largely due to sex-selection abortions.
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 new two-child policy, recently changed from the one-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.