China performed 330 million abortions since 1971—data

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BEIJING—Nearly 330 million abortions have been performed in China in the 40 years since it first implemented measures to limit population growth in the world’s most populous nation, official data showed.

China has announced structural changes to its family planning system which oversees the controversial one-child policy during the ongoing annual meeting of the national legislature in Beijing.

Data posted on the health ministry website earlier this year shows that from 1971 — shortly before China started encouraging people to have fewer children — through 2010 a total of 328.9 million abortions were carried out in the country, which has a population of 1.35 billion.

China says that its one-child policy introduced in the early 1980s has prevented overpopulation and boosted economic development. The policy exempts some rural families, ethnic minorities and couples who are both only children.

Calls have increased, however, for the restriction to be phased out as the country’s labor pool shrinks and the ranks of the elderly swell. Human rights groups have criticized what they say are harsh enforcement methods.

Under the policy, urban families are generally allowed to have just one child, while rural families may have a second if the first is a girl. Those who contravene the rules must pay a fine.

Last Sunday, the government announced the merger of the National Population and Family Planning Commission, which oversees the policy, with the health ministry in a move state media said was meant to improve, not abandon the one-child policy.

“After the reform, China will adhere to and improve the family planning policy,” Ma Kai, secretary general of the State Council, China’s cabinet, said when the move was announced, according to the official Xinhua news agency.

The move was included in a report on governmental restructuring submitted to the National People’s Congress, the country’s legislature, which ends its annual session on Sunday.

China’s latest census in 2010 showed that the population could have been 400 million larger if the one-child policy had not been implemented, according to Xinhua.

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  • Horst Manure

    No wonder they want to take over the world and have started doing just that, they are on the hunt for mines and energy companies and countries, food producing lands.
    Stand by for having a Chinese neighbour beside you one day.

  • pepito gwaps

    nearly a population of the entire Americanos…..

  • http://twitter.com/jonnifer_2012 Jonnifer Soliguen

    Roughly 8 million massacre a year, more brutal and disastrous than the world has known.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/MJFXCRSCXRWPLL42QQKSINC3AQ Mamerto

    I do NOT BELIEVE This.!
    Only a little more than Eight Million Abortions a Year by RED China..?
    I believe it’s MUCH MUCH MORE than this.
    Considering that this atheist country kills LIVE FEMALE births by the millions.

  • JosephNess

    Calls have increased, however, for the restriction to be phased out as the country’s labor pool shrinks and the ranks of the elderly swell.

    in the long run, this will also happen to us…just watch…

    • 12JEM

      In the long-run everybody is dead.

  • yonoh

    wala naman kasi silang dyos…………..ang dyos nila pera……………

    • brunogiordano

      Ano ang masama kung wala silang diyos, iyon ang paniwala nila.

      Hindi naman sila nagunaw. Umansenso pa nga.

  • brunogiordano

    Kanya kanyang paniwala iyan.

    Sa kanila ok lang iyon at tila nakabuti talaga sa kanilang bansa.

  • AlexanderAmproz

    Its a pity,
    if China was run by the Philippines Clergy,
    Pinoy’s will enjoy today a four billions peoples neighbor exacerbated by starvation….

    Maybe not,
    probably every neighboring countries will have been swallow by the Chinese population,
    no more Philippines.

  • just_anotherperson

    When people get used to contraception, they will soon accept abortion. Not all of the 300 million abortions were forced on women by the government , almost all are abortions for convenience.

    In the US, number is 50 million. Around 7% less than China’s in terms of the ratio of abortions / total population.

    • Crazy_horse101010

      1 million a year philippines over 500000 illegal abortions a year america 3 times more people latin america abortions 3 to 1 compared to america highest abortion rate europe is spain and italy. death rate among women and the philippines is 9 to 1 compared to america. im nt endorsing abortion but im 100 percent for birth control especially from what i see living in the rural areas where people are suffering. its heart breaking when parents ask if you want to buy or take their child because they cant raise it

  • Lansik Mata II

    The Chinese are pragmatic people. Like building the Great Wall they have made the tough decision to mitigate over population. Something for the Philippines to think about.

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