The Chinese Communist Party appears to be finally back-stepping on its oppressive pro-abortion agenda as the country faces a potentially disastrous population decline.
The Times in England reports the China Family Planning Association just announced plans to discourage unmarried women from aborting their unborn babies in an effort to increase population numbers.
The association used to do the opposite. Human rights leaders repeatedly have condemned it for enforcing China’s oppressive one child policy through coerced and forced sterilizations and abortions up to birth.
China instituted its one child policy in 1980 to control its rapidly-growing population, and ended it in 2015. The policy led to numerous forced abortions and forced sterilizations as well as severe financial penalties and job losses for parents who violated the law. “Illegal” children who survived were hidden by their families or ostracized from society.
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Now, the communist government appears to be trying to undo the disastrous policy as companies struggle with worker shortages, men cannot find wives due to sex-selection abortions and aging, childless couples wonder who will care for them in their old age.
According to Sixth Tone, the plan to encourage more childbearing appears to be part of the new guidelines issued by the State Council, China’s cabinet, to reduce abortions and increase the population.
“(We will also) strengthen the guidance of how young people view marriage and family, rebuild the culture of raising multiple children in a family … promote to build a new positive culture of marriage and parenting,” the China Family Planning Association said last month when it announced its new plan.
Here’s more from the report:
Official data suggests over 9.5 million abortions were performed between 2014 and 2019, with one study showing a high proportion among young women and repeat abortions. …
The new abortion-related guidelines come at a time when China is facing a record low birth rate and a growing elderly population. Authorities have scrapped its restrictive birth policies and introduced various measures to boost the birth rate, while some experts suggest that reducing unwanted abortions ultimately aims to improve women’s fertility.
Last August, the Chinese Communist Party National People’s Congress passed a new law allowing families to have up to three children, the BBC reported at the time. Leaders said they hope the change will encourage families to have more children – especially after the country’s shift to a two-child policy in 2015 appears to have failed to do so.
Along with the new three-child limit, the government also repealed its “social maintenance fee,” a penalty for having more children than allowed under the law, and passed resolutions “encouraging local governments to offer parental leave, increasing women’s employment rights; and improving childcare infrastructure,” according to the report.
It is not clear how many mothers were forced to abort their unborn babies during the decades of the one child policy. But human rights advocates say forced abortions have not stopped in China.
The communist government reportedly is forcing Uyghur women to abort their unborn babies as part of a mass genocide against religious and cultural minorities. Last year, a report estimated about 2 million Uyghurs, a Muslim minority group in China, have been “eradicated” by the Chinese Communist Party in the past eight years, Forbes reports.
Echoing stories pro-lifers have been sharing for years, a recent Associated Press report exposed even more abuses, including police raids on families’ homes in search of illegal children, families going into hiding to protect their children, government intimidation and more.