EU parliament condemns China forced abortions



Mei Shunping, a victim of forced abortion, testifies before the US House Foreign Affairs Committee, Africa, Global Health, and Human Rights Subcommittee hearing on "Chen Guangcheng: His Case, Cause, Family, and Those Who are Helping Him," May 15, 2012 on Capitol Hill In Washington, DC. In a resolution, the European Parliament said Thursday, July 5, 2012, it "strongly condemns" the " practice of forced abortions globally and especially in the context of the one-child policy. AFP PHOTO/KAREN BLEIER

STRASBOURG—China’s one-child policy has given rise to unacceptable forced abortions, European MPs said Thursday, condemning the case last month of a mother forced to abort late into her pregnancy.

In a resolution, the European Parliament said it “strongly condemns” both the case and “the practice of forced abortions globally and especially in the context of the one-child policy.”

Abortions in China are illegal beyond six months but, as a result of strict population control that favors baby boys, sex-selective abortions are widespread.

The practice has “created an imbalance between the numbers of men and women, negatively impacting all of Chinese society,” the parliament said.

In June, authorities in northern China’s Shaanxi province forced 27-year-old Feng Jianmei to terminate her pregnancy at seven months because she could not pay a 40,000 yuan ($6,300) fine for exceeding the population control policy.

A picture posted on the Internet of Feng lying on a hospital bed with her blood-smeared foetus next to her sparked outrage in China and around the world.

Seven officials have since been given “administrative sanctions.”

European MPs called for an independent inquiry into infanticide and forced abortions in China.

The one-child policy came into force in the late 1970s to limit explosive population growth. Today, China is the world’s most populous nation – home to nearly 1.35 billion people.

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  • Angry Nanay

    Even the Chinese hate China

  • Mang Teban

    Abortion is murder…the killing of the innocents. China deserves to be condemned for such practices of forced abortions to justify a national agenda are the work of the greatest enemy of man and of God. It would be impossible for any human being, including atheists and agnostics, not to be offended by such abominable crime.

    If the European Parliament can make an official stand on China’s inhuman policy, why can’t the Philippine Congress? Well, the RH bill is about to become a law according to the die-hard death addicts supporting contraception and they are playing deaf, dumb, and blind to the murderous official government policy of China. 

    Our politicians make such noise as trivial as demanding compulsory signing of waivers to open bank accounts and fighting over who’s supposed to be in the senatorial line-up of their political parties. But, hardly a whimper from them denouncing forced abortions in China exposed by the blind activist of China, Chen Guangcheng. And, has there been a resolution from the Upper and Lower Chambers of Philippine Congress denouncing China’s intrusion on our shoals and islands within the national territory? None. Instead, our legislators unabashedly speak of asking the United States to come closer so we can hide under its skirt. Shameful. Why can’t our Congress get its members to act together and behave that it represents the sentiment of the people like the European Parliament did?

  • Vic

    This practice has been going on for many years most particularly in remote rural areas where human rights activism is not present. Local officials – and married couples who already have one child – run the risk of being punished by the state for allowing a second child to be born.

    For those couples who managed to give birth to a second child secretly, they can not register this live birth because of the one-child policy. These “second” children have no legal existence. For a very few who are lucky, they resort to loopholes: childless couples assume the parenthood of these “illegally-born” children thus making them legal.

    China is not entirely a God-less society but the central gov’t is a matter of official policy. It is therefore not a sin for them at all to enforce forced abortion as they are not answerable to a Supreme Being.

    We are, indeed, very lucky to be Christians.

  • Franzeline Perdubal

    China can do this to its people without any conscience. The e vil of Mao Tse Tung has been exposed. The rise of China is the rise of H ell.

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