Since Roe v. Wade, 58 million American babies have been aborted. But abortions aren't practiced solely in the West. In China, a strict one-child policy has resulted in a sickening number of abortions to guarantee population control for the past 35 years.
According to Reggie Littlejohn, President of Women's Rights Without Frontiers, China performs abortions up to the last month of pregnancy (2). Littlejohn has fought against forced abortions for years, trying to make known the horrific accounts from Chinese women.
The policy has relaxed slightly over the years; in 2007, only 36% of the population was subject to the law (3). The couples in this 36% were fined if they had more than one child. The remainder of the population were ethnic minorities who were exempt from the policy; couples in rural areas were sometimes allowed to have two children, and the rich or politically powerful could afford to pay the fines.
The Chinese government decided this year that it would let couples have two children (4). If the National People's Congress approves this measure in 2016, it will be a great victory for the pro-life movement. Fewer babies will fall prey to a government that deems economic expediency more valuable than human lives.
Evil pervades every country and society. We should seek to defend the innocent on every front. Connecting with China Life Alliance, China's foremost pro-life organization, is a fine place to start. This group works to unify people, churches, and like-minded organizations to combat abortion, infanticide, and other tragedies in China (5). Support them by prayer or a donation to join the alliance.
1. "More Than 300 Million Abortions in China Under One-Child Policy: Ministry." Palash Ghosh. 3 Mar. 2015. 19 Dec. 2015. <ibtimes>
2. "Human Rights Expert Details Horrific Forced Abortion & Infanticide Procedures in China." Billy Hallowell. 21 May 2012. 17 Dec. 2015. <theblaze.com>
3. "China relaxes its one-child policy." Rowan Callick. 24 Jan. 2007. 17 Dec. 2015. <theaustralian.com.au>
4. "China's one-child policy to end." Steven Jiang and Susannah Cullinane. 30 Oct. 2015. 17 Dec. 2015. <cnn.com>
5. "Who We Are." <chinalifealliance.com>