400 Million Dead from China’s One-Child Policy
by Christine Niles
Chen Guangcheng, a blind Chinese activist and attorney, spent four years in prison for criticizing China’s abusive population control program, officially adopted in 1979. Over the course of 35 years since its implementation, the one-child policy has seen numerous forced sterilizations and abortions. Others have documented the horrors endured by Chinese women — especially the poor living in rural areas — whose menstrual cycles are vigilantly charted by family planning officials. If it's discovered the women are pregnant with a second child, they are fined. Those who can't pay the fine are often arrested and forced to undergo abortions against their will.
After enduring house arrest, during which Guangcheng was beaten and his family mistreated, he escaped to the United States in 2012, where he is currently senior fellow at Catholic University of America. He testified before Congress Thursday at the Executive Commission on China. "Over the past 35 years, China has killed a total of 360 to 400 million young lives as a result of its inhumane and violent birth control policies."
"During a six-month period of 2005, more than 130,000 forced abortions and/or sterilizations took place in Linyi city alone. More than 600,000 family members suffered during this period."
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