China, a very bad place for expectant mothers

Friday, April 29, 2016
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

surgical instruments 1There are two reasons why it's often dangerous to be pregnant in China.

The State Department's 2015 report on human rights abuses in China suggests they are rising in that country, including cases of abortions. The report says it's not 13 million a year as previously reported, but 23 million.

Littlejohn

"That comes out to 63,000 abortions a day, more than 2,600 abortions an hour, about 43 abortions a minute," says Reggie Littlejohn of Women's Rights Without Frontiers. "Basically, for every breath you take, there's an abortion in China and the government didn't say how many of those were forced."

While China has four times the population of the United States, China has 23 times the number of abortions. That's largely because of China's population control program which limited women to one child, although that number has been raised to two.

"So all out-of-plan pregnancies are terminated and all unmarried women are still going to be forcibly aborted," Littlejohn says. "This forced abortion problem is going to continue under the two-child policy [and] the Chinese Communist Party is continuing to monitor and control women's fertility."

In addition, because of the Chinese culture, many female children are aborted in favor of male babies.

The United Nations Human Rights Council has taken no action against China but Littlejohn suggests that may be because China has a seat on the council.

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