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Almost 330 million abortions in China - data

2013-03-16 09:34

Beijing - Nearly 330 million abortions have been performed in China in the 40 years since it first implemented measures to limit population growth in the world's most populous nation, official data showed.

China has announced structural changes to its family planning system which oversees the controversial one-child policy during the ongoing annual meeting of the national legislature in Beijing.

Data posted on the health ministry website earlier this year shows that from 1971 - shortly before China started encouraging people to have fewer children - through 2010 a total of 328.9 million abortions were carried out in the country, which has a population of 1.35 billion.

China says that its one-child policy introduced in the early 1980s has prevented overpopulation and boosted economic development. The policy exempts some rural families, ethnic minorities and couples who are both only children.

Urban families allowed one child

Calls have increased, however, for the restriction to be phased out as the country's labour pool shrinks and the ranks of the elderly swell. Human rights groups have criticised what they say are harsh enforcement methods.

Under the policy, urban families are generally allowed to have just one child, while rural families may have a second if the first is a girl. Those who contravene the rules must pay a fine.

Last Sunday, the government announced the merger of the National Population and Family Planning Commission, which oversees the policy, with the health ministry in a move state media said was meant to improve, not abandon the one-child policy.

"After the reform, China will adhere to and improve the family planning policy," Ma Kai, secretary general of the State Council, China's cabinet, said when the move was announced, according to the official Xinhua news agency.

The move was included in a report on governmental restructuring submitted to the National People's Congress, the country's legislature, which ends its annual session on Sunday.

China's latest census in 2010 showed that the population could have been 400 million larger if the one-child policy had not been implemented, according to Xinhua.

Comments
  • Vishal Maharaj - 2013-03-16 09:49

    wow! 330mil less people... wonder if india will follow?

      Fidel Chavista - 2013-03-16 10:07

      Not likely, especially if they marry them at 14 years old. And yet India is touted as the model that China should be following, including its dysfunctional democracy.

      Fidel Chavista - 2013-03-16 10:07

      Not likely, especially if they marry them at 14 years old. And yet India is touted as the model that China should be following, including its dysfunctional democracy.

      Frederick Nel - 2013-03-16 10:40

      Thats 330 mil legal murders, to me this is like genocide. I know they are over populated but surely they can take other measures to prevent pregnancy?

      Frederick Nel - 2013-03-16 10:40

      Thats 330 mil legal murders, to me this is like genocide. I know they are over populated but surely they can take other measures to prevent pregnancy?

      Fidel Chavista - 2013-03-16 10:54

      Since when is abortion genocide, as it is legal in most countries (do you know how many abortions are committed in the US per annum). Or would you rather China had our own backyard abortions, with foetuses being dumped in sewage drains and toilets. The word "genocide" is becoming like a soiled old whore in the mouths of Human Rights storm troopers!

      Fidel Chavista - 2013-03-16 10:54

      Since when is abortion genocide, as it is legal in most countries (do you know how many abortions are committed in the US per annum). Or would you rather China had our own backyard abortions, with foetuses being dumped in sewage drains and toilets. The word "genocide" is becoming like a soiled old whore in the mouths of Human Rights storm troopers!

      Sheik Mohammad - 2013-03-16 11:32

      Frederick Nel that's 330 million less Chinese that might have moved into Africa.

      Sheik Mohammad - 2013-03-16 11:32

      Frederick Nel that's 330 million less Chinese that might have moved into Africa.

      Anthony Varekamp - 2013-03-16 12:22

      . The answer is easy , Promote, guys to wear a condom and/or the girl to be on some kind of pregnancy prevention, And one will cut abortion figures down by 95 % !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So, f.ck the RC Church !!!

      Tebogo Kumalo - 2013-03-16 12:42

      They are now in SA and will breed like rodents here. Does this government realize what the implication will be in the next 15-20 years. They have the same rights like you and me. Using our state schools and hospitals. Do not contribute to our tax coffers. Pump out their profits to their country of origin. They do not create employment for our locals and only employs their own people. That applies for all other foreign nationals like Pakistanis, Banlageshi’s, Somaliers and others. Are you aware that the Chinese government gives each citizen R80 000 who comes to SA and cannot return to China.

      Tebogo Kumalo - 2013-03-16 12:42

      They are now in SA and will breed like rodents here. Does this government realize what the implication will be in the next 15-20 years. They have the same rights like you and me. Using our state schools and hospitals. Do not contribute to our tax coffers. Pump out their profits to their country of origin. They do not create employment for our locals and only employs their own people. That applies for all other foreign nationals like Pakistanis, Banlageshi’s, Somaliers and others. Are you aware that the Chinese government gives each citizen R80 000 who comes to SA and cannot return to China.

      Fidel Chavista - 2013-03-16 13:05

      Tebogo, SA comprise people of many nationalities who have over the years "bred like rabbits". Your statements about Chinese people are so crass and careless that they verge on racism. "Are you aware that the Chinese government gives each citizen R80 000 who comes to SA and cannot return to China." I love theories that can't be disproven and that, by their very nature, get affirmed on every possible occasion they are tested.

      Fidel Chavista - 2013-03-16 13:05

      Tebogo, SA comprise people of many nationalities who have over the years "bred like rabbits". Your statements about Chinese people are so crass and careless that they verge on racism. "Are you aware that the Chinese government gives each citizen R80 000 who comes to SA and cannot return to China." I love theories that can't be disproven and that, by their very nature, get affirmed on every possible occasion they are tested.

      Anthony Varekamp - 2013-03-16 15:10

      Tebogo, Not, that it has much or any relevance to this article, but I fully agree with you; Although the Chinese don't come in military uniform, but in jeans and t-shirts they are nothing more than a bunch of ECONOMIC TERRORISTS!!!

      archmichael - 2013-03-16 16:24

      Fidel, legalizing abortion gave way to much power to the women in this world that's for sure. Did you know you can still be charged for double murder(In the US not sure about other places will have to check) if you harm a pregnant women and she dies and the baby dies as well? What a strange law. On the one hand they say that fetuses are not human so may be indiscriminately slaughtered left and right as the women so chooses, on the other hand if the baby dies when a woman decides it should "live" it becomes a human again where you can get charged, tried and sentenced to prison for taking the life of an unborn child. Strange... Another memorable moment for atheism however. Millions by the hand of Stalin, tens upon tens of millions by the hand of Mao Zedong, more than 40 million abortions in the US and now China leading with a new world record, 330 million abortions. That totals over 400 million people killed by the lovely belief called "Atheism", where after all, human life is nothing more than cannon fodder, we're animals after all, that came about by accidental randomness and chance... No biggie.

      Fidel Chavista - 2013-03-16 17:46

      "That totals over 400 million people killed by the lovely belief called "Atheism"," These deaths or "killings" weren't done in the name of Atheism?

  • Jacques - 2013-03-16 09:50

    That is pretty disgusting, I won't lie.

      Bob Wowzer - 2013-03-16 10:57

      Care to elaborate?

      Bob Wowzer - 2013-03-16 10:57

      Care to elaborate?

      archmichael - 2013-03-16 16:25

      Well...maybe among those 330 million+ aborted children, one could have come about with a cure for stupidity. I'm sorry Bob, you lost out again.

  • Michael Hawthorne - 2013-03-16 09:51

    Child prohibition. What's next?

      Tawizee - 2013-03-16 12:00

      you will be prohibited from breathing between 12 midnight and 6am.

      Tawizee - 2013-03-16 12:00

      you will be prohibited from breathing between 12 midnight and 6am.

      Tawizee - 2013-03-16 12:00

      you will be prohibited from breathing between 12 midnight and 6am.

      Tawizee - 2013-03-16 12:00

      you will be prohibited from breathing between 12 midnight and 6am.

  • Fidel Chavista - 2013-03-16 09:52

    China's limited childbirth was for a very good reason, to help stabilise an already overpopulated world. It's called acting responsibly unlike countries which encourage childbirth in order to provide the cannon fodder required for the endless wars. A massive thank you to China for their one child policy because if 300 million extra Chinese had been allowed to be born we'd probably already all be dead...

      Sergio Oneness Pentecostal Williams - 2013-03-16 10:40

      ...and your mother didn't abort you ..

      Sergio Oneness Pentecostal Williams - 2013-03-16 10:40

      ...and your mother didn't abort you ..

      Fidel Chavista - 2013-03-16 10:51

      ...and the deformed female that bore you was a domesticated rodent, and the male life form that mated with her carried about him a distinctive odour reminiscent of elderberries. I can do gutter as well!

      Anthony Varekamp - 2013-03-16 11:10

      Fidel, Agreed, but than after "it is called acting responsibly' you HAVE to spew out some silly anti Western crap. And by the way Sergio's comment and your response to him, both belong in the gutter !

      Anthony Varekamp - 2013-03-16 11:10

      Fidel, Agreed, but than after "it is called acting responsibly' you HAVE to spew out some silly anti Western crap. And by the way Sergio's comment and your response to him, both belong in the gutter !

      Fidel Chavista - 2013-03-16 12:11

      If the shoe fits.....

      Fidel Chavista - 2013-03-16 12:11

      If the shoe fits.....

  • john.cryink - 2013-03-16 10:07

    With pride "humanity" can say we have aborted 360 000 000 this seems a great achievement. Wonder what mao, hitler and stalin would have thought that the modern world out done them all

      archmichael - 2013-03-16 16:27

      What does Hitler have to do with anything?

  • Nizole Middle-Finger Khala - 2013-03-16 10:16

    Gees these Chinese zuma a lot maan!!

  • Refiloe Thelma Shikwambana - 2013-03-16 10:28

    OMG

  • Igwe Luthuli - 2013-03-16 10:41

    In the next 40 years i foresee India going through the same fate. . .

  • Thabani Simelane - 2013-03-16 10:44

    WTF !!!

  • Fidel Chavista - 2013-03-16 10:59

    You have to admire the Chinese method of avoiding an underclass: "it is illegal in almost every province for single women to have a child and that people who have children out of wedlock must pay "social compensation fees" (29 Feb. 2009, Sec.1.f). The US Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC) reports that those who give birth to a child outside of marriage can face fines six to eight times the amount of their income from the previous year (US 31 Oct. 2008, 97). According to a 2005 article in Reproductive Health, very few children are born out of wedlock in China (11 Aug. 2005, 3)." http://www.unhcr.org/refworld/country,,,QUERYRESPONSE,CHN,,4a7040b626,0.html

  • Bradley Jacobs - 2013-03-16 11:03

    And still these little yellow men pays millions for our rhino horn. So in other words there has been 330 million murders.so china,s now the murder capital

      Fidel Chavista - 2013-03-16 11:09

      That would be Vietnam, but again all Asiatic people look alike, just like Africans!

      Fidel Chavista - 2013-03-16 11:09

      That would be Vietnam, but again all Asiatic people look alike, just like Africans!

      John Cryink - 2013-03-16 12:32

      The recent past leaders determine who can live or not live then you go to school and taught about how bad those leaders where. can the modern enlightned world judge those leaders?

      John Cryink - 2013-03-16 12:32

      The recent past leaders determine who can live or not live then you go to school and taught about how bad those leaders where. can the modern enlightned world judge those leaders?

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-03-16 13:17

      Fidel Chavista, you make me laugh at times. A tongue as sharp as cut glass and a mind equally to the point.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-03-16 13:17

      Fidel Chavista, you make me laugh at times. A tongue as sharp as cut glass and a mind equally to the point.

  • Bob Wowzer - 2013-03-16 11:04

    Every country with a growing population should implement such policy. The only mistake China made was that 1 child max is a tad bit extreme. If it were 2 children then the country's age distribution wouldn't be in as much of a mess as it is now.

      Kim SaiyanPrincess Murison - 2013-03-16 12:23

      - We desperately need that policy here in SA.

      Kim SaiyanPrincess Murison - 2013-03-16 12:23

      - We desperately need that policy here in SA.

      Fidel Chavista - 2013-03-16 12:44

      South Africa doesn't have a population problem per se, i.e. in the true sense of the word say as compared to India and China for now, but a problem of consumption per capita. A small part of our population is consuming more than their fair share, and this include the hording of resources. We do however have a problem of unplanned pregnancies which are a burden to the state, both in the form of social grants and the impact dysfunctional or broken families have on society as a whole.

      Fidel Chavista - 2013-03-16 12:44

      South Africa doesn't have a population problem per se, i.e. in the true sense of the word say as compared to India and China for now, but a problem of consumption per capita. A small part of our population is consuming more than their fair share, and this include the hording of resources. We do however have a problem of unplanned pregnancies which are a burden to the state, both in the form of social grants and the impact dysfunctional or broken families have on society as a whole.

      Fidel Chavista - 2013-03-16 15:41

      How blessed are we, to have such hard working people who are the only ones that work in this country. Of course the masses that toil on farms, factories, mines and private homes don't matter.

      Anthony Varekamp - 2013-03-16 16:01

      Elbie, You won , without the slightesty doubt, ""TODAYS MOST STUPID COMMENT AWARD"" Congratualtions, well done !! Can hardly wait for your next comment !!

  • Sean Potgieter - 2013-03-16 12:03

    I wonder what the global abortion stats are so far. Humanity is such a hypocritical lot, cry about genocide where thousands die, but gleefully overlook the slaughter of millions who have no say in the matter. "I've noticed that everyone who is for abortion has already been born" -Reagan

      Fidel Chavista - 2013-03-16 12:10

      It boils down to the question of at what stage of development is a foetus considered a human being. Unfortunately there isn't going to be a scholarly agreement on an internet thread.

      Fidel Chavista - 2013-03-16 12:10

      It boils down to the question of at what stage of development is a foetus considered a human being. Unfortunately there isn't going to be a scholarly agreement on an internet thread.

      Madoqua - 2013-03-16 12:20

      I will acknowledge that hypocrisy, if you will acknowledge the hypocrisy of bleeding harts not looking past today to the long term human and environmental disaster of overpopulation. Maybe the people of the future will look back and put Louis Pasture and his penicillin in the same bracket as Hitler and his ilk. The millions (if not billions) of lives saved by anti-biotics is in a large part responsible for the seven billion people walking the earth today.

      Madoqua - 2013-03-16 12:20

      I will acknowledge that hypocrisy, if you will acknowledge the hypocrisy of bleeding harts not looking past today to the long term human and environmental disaster of overpopulation. Maybe the people of the future will look back and put Louis Pasture and his penicillin in the same bracket as Hitler and his ilk. The millions (if not billions) of lives saved by anti-biotics is in a large part responsible for the seven billion people walking the earth today.

      Kim SaiyanPrincess Murison - 2013-03-16 12:21

      - What state would the world be in without these abortions? Even more over-populated and natural resources would be depleted at an even greater rate. The planet cannot sustain more people.

      Kim SaiyanPrincess Murison - 2013-03-16 12:21

      - What state would the world be in without these abortions? Even more over-populated and natural resources would be depleted at an even greater rate. The planet cannot sustain more people.

  • Alan Street - 2013-03-16 12:47

    And the Pope remains silent!

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-03-16 13:21

    The Chinese made one big mistake, they never made condoms and the birth control pill available to their people.

  • archmichael - 2013-03-16 16:32

    Wow, I see a lot of people giving thumbs down against the people reacting with this insane figure of murder that occurred. I just want everyone to see what it is that they are supporting(A good cause) http://reformationanglicanism.blogspot.com/2012/09/former-abortion-clinic-workers-detail.html http://www.mindfulgod.com/should-i-have-an-abortion/ http://www.amightywind.com/abortion/pleaseno.htm

      archmichael - 2013-03-16 16:33

      Good cause*, Women's rights are a good cause after all, isn't it?

  • truthbetold221 - 2013-03-17 00:11

    All you abortion supporters should have been aborted.

  • yam.yam.90813 - 2013-03-18 08:28

    South Africa should do the same. Maybe not as strictly but you should be able to show that you are able to support and educate your children. Fewer unwanted and unloved children will mean less crime. Perhaps we could start with giving grants to poor families who practise family planning rather than those who simply have babies to claim the grants?

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