The costs of the past nearly four decades of forced abortion are too painful to consider, and the continued brutality against women who become pregnant with a second and, now, a third child is an all too present reality. The number of unborn Chinese children—overwhelmingly girls—who have been aborted is staggering. The brutality of the means by which countless Chinese women are subject to forced abortion is sub-human.
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She was 22 and worked as a nurse. Her boyfriend, an information technology specialist, sat nearby. They both knew the routine: It was her second abortion in 18 months.
Rob Schmitz. An ethnic Kazakh woman tried to cancel her Chinese citizenship after she married and moved to Kazakhstan. When she crossed back into China last year, the problems began.
When religious positions on abortion are discussed, we usually hear how abortion is condemned and regarded as murder. Religious traditions are more pluralistic and varied than that, however, and even within those religions most publicly opposed to abortion, there are traditions which would permit abortion even if only in limited circumstances. It's important to understand these traditions because not every religion regards abortion as a simplistic, black and white decision.
There is no single Buddhist view concerning abortion, although it is generally regarded negatively. Inducing or otherwise causing an abortion is regarded as a serious matter in the monastic rules followed by both Theravada and Vajrayana monks; monks can be expelled for assisting a woman in procuring an abortion. Views on abortion vary a great deal between different regions, reflecting the influence of the various Buddhist traditions, as well as the influence of other religious and philosophical traditions and contact with Western thought.
It is accepted wisdom that, at the present time as well as historically, the typical Chinese attitude toward abortion is very permissive or 'liberal'. It has been widely perceived that Chinese people usually do not consider abortion morally problematic and that they think a human life starts at birth. As part of a bigger research project on Chinese views and experiences of abortion, this article represents a revisionist historical account of Chinese moral perspectives on abortion and foetal life.
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Abortion in China is legal and is a government service available on request for women. In addition to virtually universal access to contraceptionabortion was a common way for China to contain its population in accordance with its now-defunct one-child policy which was removed in In the early s, the Chinese government made abortion illegal save when 1 the mother had a preexisting condition, such as tuberculosis or pernicious anemiathat would cause the pregnancy to be a threat to the mother's life; 2 when traditional Chinese medicine could not settle an overactive fetus and spontaneous abortion was expected; and 3 when the mother had already undergone two or more Caesarean sections.