Chinese one child policy is compassionate, says pro-choicer

Sarah G. Epstein, a member of the advisory board of the Population Institute, a pro-abortion organization, wrote that:

“The Chinese system is both compassionate and fair. For example, if an oldest child is handicapped, the family can have a second child with all the privileges of an only child. If both parents are only children, the same thing. If the parents belong to minority groups (5 percent of the population), they can have more than one child, with all the benefits of an only child. … Let us work out a rational population policy for our own country and respect policies of other countries that are dealing humanely with the critical need to slow population growth”

Published letter to The New York Times entitled “China Has Humane and Fair Birth Policy.” September 15, 1988, page A34

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Aborted babies alive and crying in China

A New York Times reporter wrote the following:

“… Vigilantes abducted pregnant women on the streets and hauled them off, sometimes handcuffed or trussed, to abortion clinics. Other women, he said, were locked in detention cells or hauled before mass rallies and harangued into consenting to abortions. The reporter referred to “aborted” babies which were actually crying when they were born.”

Christopher Wren “China’s Birth Goals Meet Regional Resistance” Special to the New York Times May 15, 1982

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Chinese woman describes pressure put on mothers to abort

Chi An is a Chinese women who took part in enforcing the one child policy in China. Now she recalls how women pregnant with “illegal” children were treated:

“A positive pregnancy test spelled trouble for a woman with a child. The representative would take the young woman aside for a series of “heart-to-heart” chats. “Have an abortion immediately,” she would be told, “and you will receive a cash bonus and a week off work.” If the woman did not respond to these inducements within the next few days, the carrot would be replaced by a stick. The woman would be told that she would not be allowed to enter her illegal child’s name on the factory’s population registers after birth, so that her child would have no medical benefits, no grain rations, no opportunity to attend school, and no chance of factory employment in the future. “For the good of your fatherland, your factory, and your family,” she would be urged, “you must “think clear” about abortion.”

If the woman resisted her representative’s warnings, activists from the Women’s Federation and the Party would step in and lend a hand. The daily chats would take on the character of struggle sessions, as the pregnant woman was attacked for her stubbornness by several activists in turn. There are heavy financial penalties for “illegal” second birth, she would be told. If she continue to resist, she would not only lose her annual bonus, but she would have to pay a heavy fine as well. The meetings also spilled over from work to home, as groups of activists visited the woman each night in her apartment. Husbands and mothers-in-law, who were often opposed to the idea of an abortion, would be required to attend these talks. “Do you want China to be backward and impoverished forever?” They would be asked. “Your individual whims in childbearing must be subject to the interest of society as a whole.”

If the woman and her family still stood their ground, the pressure would be turned up a notch. The senior leadership of the Women’s Federation and the factory Party organization would enter the fray, determined to break their will to resist. As many as a dozen officials might impose themselves on her and her family at all hours of the day and night, hectoring, blustering, threatening dire consequences. If she still insisted on having an illegal child, the local party chief would join as well. She would then hear, for the first time, the ultimate threat in China’s social welfare state: “You will lose your job if you continue to resist remedial measures.”

Stephen W Mosher A Mother’s Ordeal: One Woman’s Fight against China’s One Child Policy (Orlando, Florida: Harcourt Brace & Company, 1993) 264 – 265

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Chinese woman forced abortions on women pregnant “illegally”

On Nightline, a Chinese woman who enforced the one child policy was interviewed. She helped round up women who were pregnant and forced them to have abortions. The interview:

BRIAN ROSS, ABC NEWS (VO) By her own admission, this woman has been one of the most feared and hated people in the small town in China where she lives.

KIAO DUAN GAO Sometimes they’d see me when they were captured and they would curse me or they’d try to hit me with sticks.

BRIAN ROSS (VO) Her name is Kiao Duan Gao and for the last 14 years, Mrs Gao has been the local official in the Yonghe township on the South China coast in charge of enforcing China’s one child birth policy.

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KIAO DUAN GAO: I saw some women that were nine months pregnant put on the operating table and forced to have abortions….If the doctor does it correctly, the injection will be done through the mother’s stomach right into the child’s brain and the child will die at that time. Or if the doctor misses a little bit, then the child can still be alive when he comes out of his mother’s womb and as soon as the child cries, the doctor will give it another injection and the child will die.

BRIAN ROSS In front of the mother?

KIAO DUAN GAO Usually. Sometimes mothers ask them please let me have the child and the doctors will say oh no, can’t do anything about it. And they’ll just let it die.

BRIAN ROSS Have you been present for such a procedure?

KIAO DUAN GAO Yes. Sometimes I’ve been there. Sometimes when I’ve sent them up there I’ve been in the room with them. I feel so sorry for them and it feels so cruel and if I could help them, I would.

BRIAN ROSS But you’re the person who signed the order, right?

KIAO DUAN GAO Yes, I’m ordered from above.

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KIAO DUAN GAO This is the permit to have children. After people are married, they apply to have permission to have the children and if they get pregnant without permission then we have to force them to have an abortion and if they’re not willing to, if they run away or, we capture their parents or something else. We force them to do it.

BRIAN ROSS (VO) On the first floor, jail cells, a birth control jail for women who, Mrs Gao says, refuse to be sterilized or who become pregnant without her approval. Relatives who help to hide such women also end up here, she says.

KIAO DUAN GAO The people that are captured are locked up in there. There’s one for locking up men and one for locking up women.

BRIAN ROSS And how long would people be locked up?

KIAO DUAN GAO Oh, sometimes they’re locked up for five or six months. Some have even been locked up for eight months.

BRIAN ROSS (VO) The tape shows what Mrs Gao calls the sterilization doctor and the abortion room for abortions in the first trimester. Abortions for women in the final months of their pregnancy, up to and including nine months, are done at a hospital because of the serious nature of that procedure.

KIAO DUAN GAO It doesn’t matter how old the child is, if it is outside the family planning then it has to be aborted.

BRIAN ROSS And how many times did this happen over the course of the 14 years you ran the planned birth center?

KIAO DUAN GAO Hundreds of times.

BRIAN ROSS (VO) Mrs Gao says in the last few years she has secretly been trying to help some of the young women she has put through hell, including this young woman, who was unmarried, 19 years old and nine months pregnant with an unauthorized child when an informer turned her in and a squad of men was sent to the family home.

KIAO DUAN GAO The work group went over there and told her to come out and she was not willing to. She was hiding inside of her mother’s house. They were threatening to demolish the house.

BRIAN ROSS (VO) According to Mrs Gao, her men then smashed and nearly destroyed the house, seen in this photo, what Mrs Gao says is a common practice when someone refuses to cooperate with the birth control forces.

KIAO DUAN GAO She was about to have the baby. She wasn’t willing to come out.

BRIAN ROSS She was screaming?

KIAO DUAN GAO Oh yeah. She was crying. She was crying.

BRIAN ROSS And then she was forcibly taken to have an abortion?

KIAO DUAN GAO Yes. They took her over to have the abortion and she gave birth to a baby boy and the mother just cried and cried.

BRIAN ROSS What happened to the boy, the little baby?

KIAO DUAN GAO There’s nothing they could do. It just, he came out and he died.

BRIAN ROSS (VO) According to Mrs Gao, the woman’s child had been injected in the head with some kind of solution and died shortly after being born. (interviewing) Do you regret what you did?

KIAO DUAN GAO Of course. Many times when I went back home I couldn’t sleep, I couldn’t sleep well.

Nightline Tuesday, June 9, 1998

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Woman tells story of forced abortion in China

A woman named Wujian told her story of forced abortion in China:

“It was the winter of 2004 when I found out that I was pregnant. It was beautiful to sense this life growing inside of me: what a miracle! Meanwhile, I was also very fearful since I did not have the Permit for Pregnancy or the Birth Permit, which means, according to Chinese law, this baby was not allowed to be born into this world. This baby would have to die in my womb. During that time in my hometown, this was the law decided by the Chinese Family Planning policy which brought fear on every family. …

Time flew as the little baby grew daily in my womb. While the baby moved more and more actively in my body, the maternal love also increased. The word “MOM” was not just a word anymore; it became a reality in my life. My baby and I were one, sharing the same blood.

Pretty soon, my lower stomach began to bulge. In order to protect my baby, I had to hide myself in a very old, shabby house in a remote area. There was no electricity at all in the room, and it was very dark even during the day. Fear and loneliness filled me every day, but as long as I could have my baby, I could stand anything…

Eventually, the Family Planning government officials found out about my pregnancy. So they searched all over trying to arrest me, and while they could not find me, then they caught my father instead. They put my father into the detention center and beat him every day. On the fourth day after they caught my father, one neighbor came and told me that my father was dying: they would continue beating my father – even to death – until I went to the local hospital to get abortion. My heart was broken into pieces as I faced this terrifying dilemma: either my father or my baby, one of them had to die, and I had to make the decision.

Very soon after this, the worst thing happened: when several Family Planning government officials broke into the house where I was hiding, and without any words, they drug me into their van.

As soon as I got into the van, I found that another Mom was already inside the van. She told me she was carrying her first baby, and that she was 28 years old. She did not have the Permit of Pregnancy or the Birth Permit, and she was 7 months pregnant. …

About one hour later, the van stopped in the hospital. As soon as I was drug out of the van, I saw hundred of pregnant Moms there – all of them, just like pigs in the slaughterhouse. Immediately I was drug into a special room, and without any preliminary medical examination, one nurse did Oxytocin injection intravenously. Then I was put into a room with several other Moms.

The room was full of Moms who had just gone through a forced abortion. Some Moms were crying, some Moms were mourning, some Moms were screaming, and one Mom was rolling on the floor with unbearable pain. …

They then took her to another room.

One nurse pulled out one, big, 8-inch long needle for intramuscular injection. I had never seen such big, long needle in my life…

At that moment, I was the only Mom in the room. I began begging the nurse while I cried, , “I have already had the oxytocin injection, please let me go; I will go as far away as possible and I will not tell anyone else what you had done for me and I will be grateful for you for the rest of my life.” The nurse did not respond to my begging—she looked like wood.

Then I kept saying to her, “You are an angel, as a nurse or a doctor who is helping people and saving peoples’ life; how could you become a killer by killing people every day?”   I could hardly see her face because she wearied a big mask. Soon she became very angry at what I said, and told me that I talked too much. She also told me that there was nothing serious about this whole thing for her. She did these all year. She also told me that there were over 10,000 forced abortions in our county just for that year, and I was having just one of them. I was astonished by her words and I realized that my baby and I were just like a lamb on the cutting board. Finally, she put the big, long needle into the head of my baby in my womb. At the moment, it was the end of the world for me and I felt even time had stopped. I hardly knew that something worse would happen later.

After the injection, my baby became very quiet for a whole day. …

To my great surprise, the next evening I was drug into a surgical room. I was asked to lie down on a surgical table; it was the Guillotine for me and for my baby. While I was lying down on the surgical table I found that there was bloody fingerprint on the wall, left by other Moms during their surgery of a forced abortion…..

I did not have any time to think as this most horrifying surgery began by force. I could hear the sound of the scissors cutting the body of my baby in my womb. I could feel that, little by little, my baby was cut into pieces; s/he was separated from my body. S/he was the flesh of my flesh, the bone of my bone, a part of my body. That kind of pain not only killed my body, but also killed my emotions and my feelings. …

I cried while talking to my baby and I preferred to die together with my baby …

Eventually the journey in hell, the surgery was finished, and one nurse showed me part of a bloody foot with her tweezers. Through my tears, the picture of the bloody foot was engraved into my eyes and into my heart, and so clearly I could see the five small bloody toes. Immediately the baby was thrown into a trash can…

Finally, I was allowed to go home from the hospital. I did not eat anything, or even drink any water, for several days. I barely talked with anyone. From time to time at home, I could hear the mourning of my father. He was released after I was caught, but he had been beaten terribly; it took him over a month to recover physically. Looking at my father, thinking of my dead baby, I cried day and night, and frequently the picture of the little bloody foot came up in my mind. Physically I recovered after about one month, but psychologically and spiritually – never!

Women’s Rights Without Frontiers

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10% of girl babies conceived in China are aborted

From Steven Mosher:

Over 10% of all baby girls conceived in China are aborted

Steven W. Mosher Population Control: Real Costs, Illusory Benefits (New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers, 2008) 18

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The New York Times on babies born alive after abortions in China

The New York Times covered the story of women forced to abort in China:

“… Vigilantes abducted pregnant women on the streets and hauled them off, sometimes handcuffed or trussed, to abortion clinics. Other women, he said, were locked in detention cells or hauled before mass rallies and harangued into consenting to abortions. The reporter referred to “aborted” babies which were actually crying when they were born.”

Christopher Wren “China’s Birth Goals Meet Regional Resistance” Special to the New York Times May 15, 1982) in  Kenneth Paul Fye, PhD Obvious Murder: The March From Abortion to Infanticide (May 30, 2016)

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Woman working ‘one child policy’ horrified by late term abortions

From a Chinese woman who took part in the One Child Policy and both performed and witnessed abortions.

“Despite my new conviction – or was it just a rationalization? – that the one child program was necessary for China, I could not overcome my aversion for late-term abortions, whether performed by Doctor Yin or anyone else. I didn’t know which was worse – crushing a child’s skull with forceps or throwing a live baby away like so much rubbish.”

Stephen W Mosher A Mother’s Ordeal: One Woman’s Fight against China’s One Child Policy (Orlando, Florida: Harcourt Brace & Company, 1993) 256

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Chinese family planning officials pressure women to abort

A Chinese woman who worked in family planning describes the pressure pregnant women were put under to abort their “illegal” babies

“A positive pregnancy test spelled trouble for a woman with a child. The representative would take the young woman aside for a series of “heart-to-heart” chats. “Have an abortion immediately,” she would be told, “and you will receive a cash bonus and a week off work.” If the woman did not respond to these inducements within the next few days, the carrot would be replaced by a stick. The woman would be told that she would not be allowed to enter her illegal child’s name on the factory’s population registers after birth, so that her child would have no medical benefits, no grain rations, no opportunity to attend school, and no chance of factory employment in the future. “For the good of your fatherland, your factory, and your family,” she would be urged, “you must “think clear” about abortion.”

If the woman resisted her representative’s warnings, activists from the Women’s Federation and the Party would step in and lend a hand. The daily chats would take on the character of struggle sessions, as the pregnant woman was attacked for her stubbornness by several activists in turn. There are heavy financial penalties for “illegal” second birth, she would be told. If she continue to resist, she would not only lose her annual bonus, but she would have to pay a heavy fine as well. The meetings also spilled over from work to home, as groups of activists visited the woman each night in her apartment. Husbands and mothers-in-law, who were often opposed to the idea of an abortion, would be required to attend these talks. “Do you want China to be backward and impoverished forever?” They would be asked. “Your individual whims in childbearing must be subject to the interest of society as a whole.”

If the woman and her family still stood their ground, the pressure would be turned up a notch. The senior leadership of the Women’s Federation and the factory Party organization would enter the fray, determined to break their will to resist. As many as a dozen officials might impose themselves on her and her family at all hours of the day and night, hectoring, blustering, threatening dire consequences. If she still insisted on having an illegal child, the local party chief would join as well. She would then hear, for the first time, the ultimate threat in China’s social welfare state: “You will lose your job if you continue to resist remedial measures.”

Stephen W Mosher A Mother’s Ordeal: One Woman’s Fight against China’s One Child Policy (Orlando, Florida: Harcourt Brace & Company, 1993) 264 – 265

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Chinese woman describes infanticide of baby girls

A Chinese woman talks about infanticide of baby girls:

“Over the course of my stay in the village I was to hear of other little girls being killed to make way for boys. Nearly all of these cases involved newborns, who were drowned or smothered at birth before they had a chance to draw their first breath. What was true of Jiangsu Province was also true of other parts of China. The situation in Anhui Province, immediately to the north of Jiangsu, was among the worst. The Anhui Women’s Federation reported that in one small village alone, 40 girls had been drowned in 1980 and 1981. Friends returning from the countryside told me that in some more remote villages there were almost no surviving female infants.”

Stephen W Mosher A Mother’s Ordeal: One Woman’s Fight against China’s One Child Policy (Orlando, Florida: Harcourt Brace & Company, 1993)

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