Researcher witnesses China’s forced abortions on women

Stephen W Mosher writes about what he saw in China:

“The year was 1980. One of the first American social scientists allowed to do research in China since the founding of the People’s Republic in 1949, I was living in rural Guangdong and was engaged in a study of an agricultural commune. One day several hundred young commune women, all pregnant with their second or third children, were ordered to attend family planning meetings. Inquiries revealed that the provincial government had secretly ordered a 1% cap on population growth for the year. Local officials were complying the only way they could – by launching a family planning “high tide” during the month of March to terminate as many pregnancies as possible…

No woman was to be allowed to bear a second child within four years of her first, and third children were strictly forbidden…

Over the next few weeks I became an eyewitness to every aspect of this draconian campaign. I went with young women to family planning “study sessions”… And saw them harangued and threatened by senior party officials. I follow them as they were taken under escort to the commune clinic and watched – with the permission of local officials who were eager to demonstrate their prowess in birth control to a visiting foreigner – as they were aborted and sterilized. I spoke with anguished husbands and heartbroken grandparents and interviewed poker-faced officials in charge. I left China a few months later with women’s pleas for help still ringing in my ears”

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

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