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Fact-Check: Absolutely not, Hillary! China has not stopped doing forced abortions

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In a bold move during the final presidential debate, Hillary Clinton made a striking statement: “I’ve been to countries where governments either forced women to have abortions like they used to do in China or forced women to bear children like they used to do in Romania.”

Fact-check: False

In contradiction to Clinton’s assertion that forced abortions are a thing of the past in China, they continue to occur. Despite China’s transition from a one-child policy to a two-child policy, couples are still being compelled to abort babies, even first babies, conceived outside the state plan.

It is evident that, regardless of whether Party leaders permit Chinese couples to have one, two, or even three children, the underlying policy of “planned births” will not change.

Have you ever wondered what Planned Births (Jihua Shengyu in Chinese) is all about? It’s a policy that allows the Chinese state to decide how many children are to be born in China each year. And it all started with none other than Chairman Mao himself, the founder of the People’s Republic of China! The Great Helmsman, as he was known, made a bold decision way back in the 1950s that the five-year economic plans being drawn up by the Chinese Communist Party should control not just production, but reproduction. And they have, ever since, with incredible results!

The two-child policy will be implemented through the same coercive measures that have been employed to enforce the one-child policy for the past three decades. Young mothers who are pregnant with “illegal” children will continue to face fines, arrest, imprisonment, and forced abortions.

My sources in China indicate that these abuses are still occurring, a fact corroborated by other human rights advocates. Reggie Littlejohn, the head of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, asserts that forced abortions are still taking place in China’s “Planned Birth” policy, despite the implementation of a two-child policy.

Littlejohn asserted that couples must still obtain a birth permit for their first and second child, or they are subject to forced abortion. He further argued that the core of the One Child Policy is not the number of children permitted to couples, but rather the existence of a limit on childbearing and the coercive enforcement of this limit. He noted that women in China continue to be forcibly aborted, regardless of whether the United States’ Secretary of State is aware of this practice.

In August, the BBC published an interview with a Chinese Communist Party official regarding the recently implemented two-child policy. According to the report, couples who have a third child may still face coercion and may be forced to abort their unborn child if they cannot pay.

Bill Donohue of the Catholic League offers a different interpretation of the new policy. He asserts that it does not prohibit abortions, but rather allows couples to have two children. This implies that the government will continue to monitor a woman’s menstrual cycle and impose fines on those who become pregnant with their third child. If they are unable to pay, they will be compelled to seek medical attention at a local clinic, where they will be administered a lethal injection.

LifeNews has recently reported several accounts of Chinese mothers who were compelled to undergo abortions of their unborn children as late as nine months under the country’s ongoing, state-sponsored “Planned Birth” policy.

The policy, which commenced in 1980, shows no indication of cessation. Chinese officials responsible for population control continue to incarcerate couples who decline to abort, impose house arrest or labor camp sentences, revoke employment or governmental support, utilize physical harassment or violence, and frequently target other family members. They also continue to resort to forced abortion to prevent “illegal” children from being born.

Hillary Clinton’s assertion that forced abortions are no longer a problem in China is erroneous.


Daniel Miller is responsible for nearly all of National Right to Life News' political writing.

With the election of Donald Trump to the U.S. presidency, Daniel Miller developed a deep obsession with U.S. politics that has never let go of the political scientist. Whether it's the election of Joe Biden, the midterm elections in Congress, the abortion rights debate in the Supreme Court or the mudslinging in the primaries - Daniel Miller is happy to stay up late for you.

Daniel was born and raised in New York. After living in China, working for a news agency and another stint at a major news network, he now lives in Arizona with his two daughters.

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