China issues new guidelines restricting abortion
China has issued new guidelines restricting abortions
The State Council, China’s cabinet, published the new rules on Monday.
The country has already enacted strict measures aimed at preventing sex-selective abortions, and health authorities also warned in 2018 that the use of abortion to end unwanted pregnancies was harmful to women’s bodies and risks causing infertility.
The State Council said the new guidelines would aim to improve women’s overall access to pre-pregnancy healthcare services.
National Health Commission data showed that between 2014 and 2018, there had been an average of 9.7 million babies killed by abortion every year.
It was not immediately clear whether Monday’s new measures were designed at addressing China’s declining birth rate, which think-tanks and policy researchers have identified as one of its major social policy challenges in the coming decades.
Although China remains the world’s most populous nation, the latest census showed population growth from 2011 to 2020 was the slowest since the 1950s, and was expected to slow even more within a few years.
After years of population control, Beijing is now promising new policies aimed at encouraging families to have more children.
It said in June that it would now allow all couples to have three children instead of two. New policies designed to reduce the financial burden of raising children are also being introduced.
While any reduction of abortion is welcome, China cannot be praised for this latest policy. It only applies to married couples. Therefore any single woman who gets pregnant still faces draconian measures taken against her. And any couple who have more than 3 children will still face imprisonment or forced abortion. Watch the video below about the coercive population control, especially forced abortion and genocide in Xinjiang...
Last week, Precious Life reported that the Social Market Foundation (SMF) in the UK recommended encouraging families to have more children because falling birth-rates has left a “baby shortage” in the country [see: Stopping ALL abortions must be first step in alleviating the "baby shortage" in UK]
Yet over 600 babies are killed EVERY DAY in the UK.
Abortion must be stopped in all countries across the world. If Governments wont respect the life of unborn babies, maybe at least they will stop killing them when they realise the devastating impact that falling birth-rates will have on their economy.
Watch video of how China's human rights violations continue against women...