Abortion

Yes, this is a highly controversial topic that is probably best left undiscussed. But I thought I should bring it up in light of my last post that discussed China’s One Child Policy. In continuing my research, I came across some abortion statistics worldwide. According to The Center for Bio-Ethical Reform, there are approximately 42 million abortions performed each year. Of these, about 13 million occur each year in China, alone. That’s 31% of the world’s abortions, all taking place within one country.

Source: Wm. Robert Johnson's "Global Abortion Summary"

China’s numbers are significantly higher because so many female infants are aborted, simply because they’re female. And you can see that the metropolitan areas of China, where the One Child Policy is most strictly enforced, are the areas with the highest percentages of abortions. The map below shows China, North Korea, and Vietnam as the only countries who currently have forced abortions.

Source: Wm. Robert Johnson's "Global Abortion Summary"

Forced abortions are a tragic issue that many Chinese parents (but specifically mothers) have to go through. Here’s one pregnant mother’s story of how she was imprisoned and her unborn fetus was poisoned: China’s One Child Policy by AlJazeeraEnglish.

Usually the fear of unreasonbly high government fines are enough to encourage abortions. But in some cases, imprisonment and forced abortion ensue, like in Xiao Ai Ying’s case. And abortions aren’t the only issue…the majority of the million orphans abandoned each year in China are healthy females and these daughters are twice as likely to die within thier first year of life, than their male counterparts, according to the awareness organization, All Girls Allowed. Here’s a quick video that will help explain how this drastic decrease in China’s female population is negatively affecting the country:

How far would you go to protect and raise your daughter?

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About Sarah Cordonier

I am a junior Television Journalism and International Studies Major at West Virginia University. I am currently taking Beginning Television Reporting and I plan on taking Advanced Television Reporting in the Spring, as a member of WVU News. Someday I would like to work abroad, as an overseas reporter.
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