Communist China has performed an estimated 336 million abortions over the past four decades as part of its enforced family planning policy, according to figures recently released by the country's health ministry. The numbers were published in the March 15 Financial Times, which reported that since China first began “encouraging” couples to limit the size of their families, it has also performed 196 million sterilizations and has inserted 403 million intrauterine devices, “a normal birth control procedure in the west but one that local officials often force on women in China,” reported the Times.
While measured efforts to limit the size of families were first implemented in 1971, by the end of that decade the campaign had morphed into China's notorious one-child policy, with forced abortion and sterilization for couples who don't comply. The Chinese government has justified the policy by estimating that without such restrictions, the country's population of 1.3 billion would be 30 percent larger.
By comparison, in the United States, which has an estimated population of 315 million — a quarter the size of China's and smaller than the number of aborted Chinese babies — there have been an estimated 55 million abortions since the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision effectively legalized abortion.
By Chinese government calculations, about 13 million babies are aborted in the country annually — or approximately 1,500 every hour. Under the government's oppressive policy, most Chinese couples are allowed only one child in most cases, while some minorities may be allowed more, and in some circumstances rural couples may be given permission for a second if the first child is a girl. The preference for male children has led to the overwhelming selective abortion of female babies, along with a severely unbalanced over-proportion of men to women.
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