A Turkish doctor who used to work for the Chinese Communist Party admitted to participating in nearly 600 forced abortions, forced sterilizations and other coercive family planning measures to curtail the minority Uighur population in China.
The Daily Mail reports the doctor, who later fled to Turkey, said she feels deep regret for participating in the government’s oppressive population control measures.
Her story is one of many accusing the Chinese government of massive human rights abuses against the Uighur Muslims, Christians and other minority groups. At least 1 million Uighurs have been placed in “re-education” camps since in 2017, PBS News reports. And, according to the AP, one of the main reasons for their detention is having too many children.
Chinese families are limited to two or three children, and family planning rules require that each pregnancy be spaced three to four years apart, according to several reports.
Speaking on condition of anonymity to the British news outlet ITV News, the doctor said they used to conduct regular pregnancy checks on women in each village.
“We would go village to village, gather all the women and herd them onto tractors,” she said. “Young women were fitted with contraceptive devices, pregnant women would have to have an abortion then sterilization. We even inserted birth control implants into women’s upper arms to prevent pregnancy.”
The doctor said she once saw a “still-moving” baby thrown into the trash after an abortion.
She estimated that she participated in up to 600 forced abortions, sterilizations, contraception implants and womb removals on Uighur women in China, according to the report.
“The clear intention was ethnic cleansing,” she told the news outlet. “Now, I feel such regret.”
According to ITV News, many Uighurs have immigrated from China to Turkey to escape persecution; approximately 50,000 currently live there.
Echoing stories pro-lifers have been sharing for years, a recent Associated Press report exposed even more of these horrors, including police raids on families’ homes in search of illegal children, families going into hiding to protect their children, government intimidation and more.
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Another former Chinese obstetrician, Hasiyet Abdulla, who now lives in Turkey recently told Radio Free Asia about the forced abortions and infanticide that she witnessed in Xinjiang hospitals.
According to Abdulla, each hospital housed a “family-planning unit” that tracked “who had how many kids, when they’d given birth to them.”
Parents are allowed three children in rural areas and two in urban areas – and each child must be three to four years apart from the others. To enforce these rules, the hospitals participated in barbaric practices.
“There were babies born at nine months who we killed after inducing labor,” she said.
Medical staff performed abortions on some women who were “eight and nine months pregnant,” she claimed, and would “even kill the babies after they’d been born.”
About five years ago, China loosened its one child policy, but pro-life advocates warned that forced abortion and sterilization practices continue.
This summer, U.S. leaders condemned China for oppressing women and minorities.
According to Fox News: “Members of Congress have scrutinized relationships between China and companies like Nike or Apple amid concerns of forced labor. Last month, the State Department sent a letter warning business leaders about the potential for international commerce to help brands benefiting from slave labor.”
These warnings followed multiple sanctions by the Trump administration in July. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the United States will use “the full breadth of its financial powers to hold human rights abusers accountable in Xinjiang and across the world.”
Chen Guangcheng, a Chinese human rights advocate who helped expose forced abortions in the communist country, also drew attention to these on-going abuses during his speech at the Republican National Convention in August.