Gendercide in China

The Damaging Effects of the One-Child Policy

We’ve all heard of China’s notorious one-child policy, but for those who live there, the effects are inescapable. Not only is there an average of 35,000 abortions per day, but the nation is facing a shortage of workers, a startlingly imbalanced sex ratio, the highest female suicide rate in the world and a growing child trafficking industry. Here’s a sober- ing look at how even the world’s largest population can be damaged by such injustice.

Startling Stats

Gendercide is one of the injustices associated with China’s one-child policy. Female babies are aborted or abandoned as families would rather try again for a son. Such gender preference has had far-reaching effects on China’s women and children.

  • 500 women in China commit suicide each day.
  • 8 million women undergo abortions every year in China.
  • 35.97 percent of women who have had an abortion have another shortly after.
  • For $500-$1,500, a kidnapped boy can be purchased to preserve a family line.
  • At least 70,000 stolen children are on China’s black market each year.
  • Every day, 190 children are abducted in China.
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    CHAI LING is the founder of All Girls Allowed, an organization that restores dignity to China’s women and children in light of the one-child policy. She was also a student leader in the Tiananmen Square protest.

    “I felt somebody should organize rescue efforts after [the] exposure of this crime taking place, [a] need to be some kind of help for women who start coming out to tell the world the trauma they go through. They need to have a place to turn to be counseled, to be protected, to be reconciled to God.”

    Statistics from information available through AllGirlsAllowed.org

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