China's One-Child Policy

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“Thousands of women are being dragged out of their homes, thrown into ‘family planning’ cells, strapped to tables, and forced to abort pregnancies, even up to the ninth month. Forced abortion and sterilization are China’s war on women” ("The Reality of China's" 1). This was said by Reggie Littlejohn, the president of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers. Due to the rising population and the one-child policy, there are many human rights violations; however there are organizations, such as Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, which are helping to stop the problem. Due to the one-child policy there are many serious human rights infractions. Since the policy has been in effect, there have been more than 400 million prevented births ("China: One-child Policy" 1). Groups of women are being gathered and forced to get sterilized ("Family Planning? What" 1). “I realized there’s a Tiananmen Square massacre going on every day and no one knows about it.” This was said by Chai Ling, a leader in the Tiananmen Square Massacre. She is referring to all of the forced abortions and killings of female babies in China ("Fighting China's One Child" 1). The policy is enforced through fines, job loss, involuntary abortions and sterilizations ("The Reality of China's" 1). Many women are forced to get abortions and become sterilized. For example, a woman was given injections to induce an abortion. When the shots failed, the baby was surgically removed and cut into pieces ("Fighting China's One Child" 1). Another example is when government officials were told they would have their salaries cut in half if they didn’t sterilize 1,369 people, give 818 women IUD’s, and give 163 abortions in 35 days ("U.S. Groups Hit China's" 4). One horrifying example sh... ... middle of paper ... ...ina’s Abominable One-Child Policy.” The New American 11 June 2007: 1-2. InfoTrac Student Edition. Web. 15 Feb. 2015. “Protecting Women and Girls in China, Where One Child Per Family is the Rule - and a Boy is the Preference.” The Christian Science Monitor 16 Aug. 2010: 1-3. InfoTrac Student Edition. Web. 14 Feb. 2015. “The Reality of China’s One-Child Policy: A Forced Abortion at Eight Months.” Cybercast News Service, 22 Oct. 2010. Web. 15 Feb. 2015. . “Two For Joy: the Natural Way Out of (China’s) One-Child Policy.” New Internationalist Dec. 1999: 1-2. InfoTrac Student Edition. Web. 15 Feb. 2015. “U.S. Groups Hit China’s One-Child Policy; House Focuses on Breaches of Human Rights.” The Washington Times 24 Dec. 2004: 1-6. InfoTrac Student Edition. Web. 14 Feb. 2015.
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