The Abortion Holocaust–Will it End?
More than 336 million abortions have been performed as part of the one-child policy since its start in 1971, according to China’s Ministry of Health in March of this year. This figure shows the enormous impact the policy has had over the last four decades. More than half a billion birth control operations (including the abortions) have been performed over the same period. Since 1971, in addition, 196 million men and women have been sterilized.
According to the U.S.-based Pew Research Center, a 2008 survey found more than three in four Chinese still supported the one-child policy, as most people believe the country would have suffered an impossible drain on food and resources without it. There are currently more than 13 million abortions a year, or 1,500 every hour, in China. Fewer than one in 10 sexually active couples use condoms, according to the Science and Technology Research Institute, so abortion is used instead almost as a matter of course.
However, the new Chinese leadership is aware that the working age population shrank for the first time in 50 years. They are poised to dismantle the National Population and Family Planning Commission which has enforced the one-child policy, often brutally. Wang Feng, a population expert and director of the Brookings-Tsinghua Center for Public Policy in Beijing, told the Wall Street Journal the government has already begun the process of ending the policy.
“The Commission was created for the single mandate of controlling population growth, and now they no longer have that; those powers have been dissolved. What the government is doing is a major political move, and they cannot make or announce all the policy changes that go along with it in one day” (Daily Telegraph, March 28, 2013).
Let us pray that this will change attitudes and the culture that assumes abortion is an easy, appropriate option in China. Pray, too, that Christian attitudes regarding the sacredness of life will become increasingly influential in society as a whole.