China: 330 million abortions in 40 years

Publié le : 28 March 2013

 According to figures published by the Chinese Ministry of Health, "nearly 330 million abortions were carried out in China between 1971 and 2010." These abortions are believed to have "contributed to the selective elimination of female embryos and foetuses, creating a deficit of several tens of millions of women in the Chinese population." Between 1982 and 1992, the number of abortions rose to over 10 million per year, "with peaks of over 14 million in 1983 and 1991," according to the Ministry of Health. Furthermore, the limiting of births led to "a very high number of forced abortions, which are in principle prohibited today." Nevertheless, "this practice still continues in certain regions."  According to demographers and analysts, "in the medium term, China will have to loosen its control of births because of the rapid aging of its population and the decline of its active population."

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