China’s Abortions

In the late 1970’s, China’s central government established the one-child policy. With some exceptions, such as rural families, twins, and some ethnic minorities, China estimated that around 40% of its population was affected by this policy. Be that as it may, the latest estimations are that more than 330 million abortions have been performed in China since the policy was first implemented. Moreover, the use of birth control has boosted (it is estimated that 403 million intrauterine devices have been inserted), and around 196 million sterilizations have taken place. As a comparison, in the United States, since the abortion was legalized in 1973, it is estimated that 50 million abortions have taken place. What seems problematic, is that although sex-selective abortions are illegal, they are still done, and China currently has 34 million more men than women.

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