According to official statistics, the annual number of abortions in China has approached or even exceeded the number of newborns. Some analysts say that in the past, family planning policies forced abortions and abortions were a common occurrence, resulting in a disregard and distortion of life in Chinese society. Now that China has the second highest cost of raising a child in the world, if we want to increase the number of people, we should improve reproductive health benefits and give people the freedom to have children.
Taiwan’s China Times reports that the total number of abortions in China in the last five years is about 9.5 million, and if private hospitals and underground clinics are included, the total number of abortions is about 13 million. The number of births in China in 2021 will be 10.62 million, a record low since 1978, which means the number of abortions is higher than the number of newborns.
According to the survey cited by CTS, the proportion of young, unmarried and infertile women among abortion cases in China has increased, and the proportion of repeated abortions and high-risk abortions under the age of 20 has also increased significantly. Experts say that the infertility rate among Chinese women of childbearing age has reached 12 to 18 percent. And after the official release of the “three-child” policy last year, most rural areas have seen the extraordinary phenomenon of “husbands leaving and wives keeping” in order to raise children, making it difficult to maintain the function of marriage.
The Family Planning Association of mainland China recently announced that in 2022, it will implement a reproductive health promotion campaign and carry out special abortion interventions for unmarried people to reduce unwanted pregnancies and abortions among teenagers. The emphasis is on respecting the social value of reproduction, promoting marriage and childbirth at the right age, and promoting the construction of a positive and positive new culture of marriage and childbirth.
A medical worker cares for a baby with a novel coronavirus at the Wuhan Children’s Hospital in Wuhan, the center of a novel coronavirus outbreak in China’s Hubei province, March 6, 2020. (Reuters)
In an interview with Radio Free Asia, Ren Ruiting, a post-1990s exile from China to the United States after religious persecution, attributed the one-child policy and the lack of sex education to China’s abortion rate, which is even higher than the number of births.
Ren mentioned that when she was growing up, the one-child policy was in place, and after a woman gave birth, her doctor would put an IUD on her to prevent her from conceiving again, but after a long time, it fell off naturally or her body rejected it, and it was still common to have another pregnancy.
The indifference to life in the streets is full of abortion advertisements and even the shocking habit of eating fetuses to supplement the body
Ren Ruiting remembers when she was 12 years old, her mother lost her birth control ring and became pregnant with her brother, telling her she wanted to have the baby, but she wanted her mother to have an abortion.
I was only 12 years old, and now I look back and am surprised that I was so ignorant and vicious. I didn’t understand it at all at the time, but it was a gut reaction, thinking that it was only normal for me to be in the family, that it was only normal for my mother not to have more babies, that aborting the baby was no big deal, that it wouldn’t affect my mother’s body, and that there was no ethical problem of killing people. This naturally explains why the abortion rate is so high in Chinese society.”
Ren Ruiting said that every woman also starts with a fetus, but the fetus has no way to speak up for itself. After the church set up an anti-abortion group, many aunts confessed that they had more than two abortions when they were young, and that they were of the same generation as their mothers and were not as conservative as they thought.
In the past, I witnessed the government taking the lead in forcing abortions, but now I have no intention of having “three children”.
Ren Ruiting mentioned that when family planning was at its craziest, the government took the lead in pulling people to have abortions, “When I was in high school, my teacher’s wife was carelessly pregnant with her second child, and the teachers and counselors at the university blocked the doorway of their house to pull that aunt to have an abortion, that was something that happened in 2012, pulling people to have abortions, it’s unimaginable, that’s how indifferent to life, they are not uneducated people. “
Ren Ruiting said that four years ago the popularity of painless abortion, in her hometown about two thousand yuan or less, also met her classmates to borrow money to take her girlfriend to abortion, or a friend took a cold medicine think it is bad for the fetus to go to abortion.
On the phenomenon that abortion among unmarried teenagers under the age of 24 accounts for 40% of abortions among Chinese women, Ren Ruiting analyzed that teenagers abortion is different from adults, and the common point is the lack of normal and healthy sex education in China, not knowing how to protect themselves and contraception.
A child walks near a government banner with the slogan “1.3 billion people united” on the streets of Beijing, China, Tuesday, March 8, 2016, as a health official said Tuesday that all couples should be allowed to have two children instead of one. (AP)
The main force of today’s childbearing age is to be brainwashed from a young age “to have only one good”, said Ren Ruiting, “the textbook will say that if you have several siblings, parents left money to share with them, one will not be shared, which is equal to six wallets both parents are smashed to this child. And raising children is too expensive, housing prices are very high, and wages are low, who wants to have more?”
The latest figures show that the average cost of raising a child to age 18 for a Chinese family is RMB 485,000, 6.9 times the per capita gross domestic product (GDP) and the second highest in the world.
In an interview with Radio Free Asia, Chinese dissident Gong Hejian, who lives in exile in Taiwan, also said that China strictly enforces family planning, and that the education of “only one good child” and “preferential childbirth” has already been embedded in the bones of the child-bearing community. In addition, China has little to no maternity welfare protection, and a child born from the womb costs 5,000 RMB for a caesarean section, and nutrition, education and medical expenses are all heavy burdens. He estimated that it would cost about 200,000 RMB for a child to grow up to the age of 15.
China is the second most expensive country in the world to raise a child
Gong and Jian mentioned that his salary was not enough to pay for the baby’s formula, and he had to rely on the savings of both parents’ retirement. At that time, China’s domestic milk powder was detected with melamine-containing “tainted milk powder” incident, which made a big fuss, so they could not afford to buy imported milk powder, so they had to buy domestic high-grade milk powder. The more he grew up, the more he had to drink up to 2,000 RMB. He had an income of only 1,000 RMB at that time, which was not enough money to buy milk powder.
Gong and Jian said: “into gnawing old people, rely on both parents assistance to be able to raise the child, because the medical care is also very scary, China also does not have health insurance, a casual cold sent to the hospital at least once to spend more than 500 yuan, the most once spent more than 3,000 yuan, basically all out of pocket.”
Returning people’s reproductive freedom
The Chinese government is anxious about the low birth rate, Gong believes that China should abandon the thinking that everything should be done “according to the plan”, and the most important thing is to return the people’s reproductive freedom. I’m afraid that the birth rate may not improve until the generation educated by the “three-child policy” becomes a group of young adults who have given birth.