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By Steven W. Mosher

10/6/2010 (4 years ago)

Population Research Institute (www.pop.org)

I was in China when the one-child policy began 30 years ago.

Hundreds of millions of women have been forcibly aborted and sterilized.  Homes have been razed, livestock confiscated, and exorbitant fines levied. In all, 400 million people are missing from the Chinese population as a result of the one-child policy. Like previous Chinese Communist Party-orchestrated disasters such as the Great Leap Forward, or the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution, this policy, too, has been a disaster for the Chinese people. I should know. I was in China when the one-child policy began 30 years ago. 

Steve Mosher is a hero of the Pro-Life cause. He is the President of the Population Research Institute and an expert on many areas, including the evil forced abortion, one child policy of the Chinese Regime.

Steve Mosher is a hero of the Pro-Life cause. He is the President of the Population Research Institute and an expert on many areas, including the evil forced abortion, one child policy of the Chinese Regime.

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By Steven W. Mosher

Population Research Institute (www.pop.org)

10/6/2010 (4 years ago)

Published in Asia Pacific

Keywords: china, abortion, onechildpolicy, communism, chineseregime, forcedabortion, womensrights, communist, redchinese


FRONT ROYAL, VA (Population Research Institute) - I was surprised when Beijing decided to celebrate (!) the thirtieth anniversary of the One-Child Policy this week.  I thought, quite frankly, that the declaration of a national day of mourning would have been more appropriate. But I was even more taken aback when the head of China's National Population and Family Planning Commission, a woman named Li Bin, announced that China would continue to enforce this same Draconian policy for "decades" to come.  (http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2010-09/27/content_11350778.htm) Decades?  This is, after all, a policy that has led to a slaughter of the innocents of Biblical proportions.  Hundreds of millions of women have been forcibly aborted and sterilized.  Homes have been razed, livestock confiscated, and exorbitant fines levied. In all, 400 million people are missing from the Chinese population as a result of the one-child policy.  Like previous Chinese Communist Party-orchestrated disasters such as the Great Leap Forward, or the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution, this policy, too, has been a disaster for the Chinese people. 

I should know.  I was in China when the one-child policy began 30 years ago.  What I saw then, living in an agricultural commune in rural Guangdong, rivals anything that happened in Nazi Germany.  One day in 1980 several hundred young mothers, all pregnant with second or higher-order children, were ordered to attend population control meetings.  There they were told that they would all have to abort their pregnancies.  Those who refused were arrested for the "crime" of being pregnant and locked up until they, too, buckled under the pressure and submitted to an abortion.  At that point they were taken to the local medical clinic and given a lethal injection into their uterus.  If their bodies did not expel their dead or dying babies within two days, they were subjected to a cesarean section abortion.  Most horrific of all, babies born alive were killed by means of an injection of formaldehyde into the "soft spot" on the crown of their heads.  Those few women who managed to escape arrest and had their babies in secret were assessed heavy fines. Everything that I witnessed then, from the forced abortions of women in the third-trimester of pregnancy to government-sanctioned infanticide, is still happening now.  Those women who manage to avoid the dragnet by going into hiding are now subjected to even heavier fines, which currently run three to five times the family's annual income.  Those who can't pay this huge amount have had their homes destroyed and their possessions and livestock confiscated.  Moreover, such a child remains a "black child," that is a term they use to refer to one who does not exist in the eyes of the state. Such children are nonpersons, turned away from the government clinic if they fall ill, barred from attending a government school of any kind, and not considered for any kind of government employment later in life. They are not allowed marry or start families of their own, since the government has decreed that "black children" will not be allowed to reproduce.  One generation of illegals is enough. The Chinese government, supported by foreign population control zealots, believe that its program should be held up as a population control role model for the rest of the world.  In reality, it should be roundly condemned for its widespread and systematic violations of human rights, especially the rights of women.  But even those who shy away from defending China's brutal repression of its population sometimes argue in favor of the one-child policy on other grounds.  China is often held up-by the UN Population Fund, for example-as a positive example of a county that has been able to slow population growth rates dramatically, and which has achieved prosperity as a result.  But to praise the country that has become the ugly poster child of forced abortion and coerced sterilization for the economic growth that these inhuman policies have supposedly generated is not only inconsistent, but also wrong.  China is clearly worse off economically as a result of eliminating from its population 400 million of the most productive and enterprising people the world has ever known.  China's astonishing economic performance-its annual GDP growth over the past three decades is close to 10%--is not only a tribute to the tremendous work ethic of the Chinese people, but also has led to labor shortages in China's coastal provinces.  Every baby born in China today is a net economic asset.  How much more would China have been able to achieve with an even larger population? Some would argue that adding people would overburden the Chinese environment, but the PRC has been an ecological disaster zone from the time of Mao's forced-pace industrialization programs in the 1950s.  The same remains true today, as the Chinese leadership remains far more concerned about the economic growth rate than about ensuring that the populace has clean air to breathe and clean water to drink. 

Witness the government-mandated shutdown of all factories in the Beijing region in the days leading up to the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.  Once the athletes (and the foreign journalists) were gone, the smokestacks resumed spewing out their plumes of black smoke.  Nothing had changed.  This is to say that the sorry state of China's environment has far more to do with misguided political decisions, and the lack of public accountability for the actions of both government and privately owned businesses, than it does with the number of people.  The one-child policy has been a social disaster as well.  Two generations of Chinese have grown up with no siblings, no cousins, and no aunts and uncles.  This radical shrinking of the boundaries of the family is, in itself, is a great poverty.   Then there is a problem of female infanticide and sex selective abortion, which has eliminated tens of millions of little girls from the population, leaving an equal number of young men without brides to marry.  Prostitution, homosexuality, and gang activity are on the rise as a result. Finally, there is the demographic snare that the one-child policy has set for the Chinese people.  Because of the radical cutback in births, the Chinese population is aging faster than any human population in human history.  The worker/dependency ratio is unsustainable.  How can an only child support two parents and four grandparents in retirement?  I am afraid that this will lead the Chinese government to embark upon a "one-grandparent policy" in years to come, in which tens of millions of elderly Chinese will be urged to accept euthanasia, perhaps in return for their only grandchild being allowed to go to college.  Forced abortion and forced euthanasia are two sides of the same debased coin.  For all its failings, I do think that the one-child policy has served one important purpose as far as the Chinese Communist Party is concerned:  It has helped to maintain the muscular rigor of the one-party dictatorship that rules China.  China is a police state, after all, and such a state, to remain strong, must have something to police.  Economic controls have been loosened over the past 30 years, so control over other aspects of life must be tightened.  The brutal one-child policy is one consequence of such a system's relentless drive for control over people's lives.  Do I think that the Chinese Communist Party really intends to continue, as Li Bin asserts, its one-child policy "decades" into the future?  Absolutely.  And it will certainly never admit that the policy was a mistake.  One-party dictatorships don't make mistakes of such consequence-at least if they want to stay in power. 

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