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Historical Human Rights Violations In Chinese Family Planning and Exposé by Chen Guangcheng and American Activists

Updated on November 21, 2012

Overpopulation and Culling Of Individuals

People, animals, bacteria, molds, even cancers reproduce and spread to fill up the landscape in which they live. Prevention and reduction methods work on many of these entities, but not so effectively on human populations, except for genocide and serious disease, two implausible methods to apply purposely.

People cannot effectively be made to stop having babies. In the 2010s, America sees over 3,500 abortions on average daily, while China experiences 35,000 abortions daily. Certain third world countries practice female infanticide in times of extreme hardship just as they have always done. The key to the last practice is female, the female of the species being held as 1) not valuable and 2) scorned as able to have children that are additional unwanted mouths to feed in hard times.

Birth control and abortions do not decrease world population overall, as shown by the increasing world population numbers every year. Some nations experience population declines, partially from residents moving elsewhere, but nations suffering large increases more than make up for those losses overall.

The Zero Population Growth movement in America did not work in the late 20th Century. In Ohio during the 1970s - 1990s, state legislation was discussed that would require sterilization of female public assistance recipients. It did not pass out of committee. Welfare Reform on a national level in the late 1990s instead limited cash benefits to three (3) years only, with no additional benefits distributed for more than 3 children, ever. It did not work ---

In my state, a bypass system was quickly put into effect by the population in question. A single parent with three children would receive cash benefits for three years, transfer legal custody to the next door neighbor and keep the children at home, while the two adult neighbors split the cash benefits between them. The first mom would sometimes have up to three additional children and receive additional cash benefits for three years. Custody of the kids would be transferred up and down the block, adults sharing the benefits. With Case Workers handling up to 400 families each with ongoing follow-up every month, the grassroots program could not be stopped and sometimes, not detected for several years. The birth rate did not decline.

China is over the tipping point of the threshold number of people living in one land area that can be supported adequately. People are dying and more people will die - many of them. The one-child-only program of 1978 is not preventing these deaths or overpopulation; and in some cases, is causing more deaths. Infants are dying by design, while the population remains too large to survive long term. Nature's solution is that many more people will die, from starvation and illness

Chen Guangcheng

Chen Guangcheng is the blind activist that fought extreme family planning techniques in China for many years (and now fights from his base in America), was placed under brutal detention, and finally was released to come to the USA. His ordeal brings to light the atrocities of forced abortion and other population control methods used in his native land. He is the living witness in 2012 of these events, his punishment further proof of their existence, even when other voices say that forced abortions do not happen or are illegal. Legal or not, they occur. In addition, women can now be charged large monetary fines for a second pregnancy.

I first heard of the extreme methods of enforcing the one-child policy in the mid-to-late 1980s through a documentary film series on PBS that focused upon Chinese medical and family planning procedures. Films included, among others, some narrated by the well known Bill Moyers. In the 1990s, I saw medical documentaries concerning forced abortion in conjunction with my training. By 2010, I had met several people that had fled China to escape forced abortion, seen forced abortion, or studied this procedure in their medical training experiences in filming documentaries or comparing Eastern and Western Medicine.

The video below carries text explaining more of the situation.

Song written in repsonse to 1995 and 1996 documentaries shown in UK about dying rooms, references listed at end.

China Doll
China Doll
The author learned that because of lingering starvation, the social experiment of the cultural revolution, or the current sacrifice under the one-child policy, Chinese have been losing their baby girls through "coercion, prejudice, neglect—and outright murder."

Proliferation of Forced Abortion Not Entirely Known

Reports exist that couples among China's endangered nationalities (minorities) have been permitted for a few years now to have at least two children instead of only one. These minorities are usually found in rural areas of the nation.

The extent to which extreme family planning measures fought by activists are spread throughout urban areas of China is not well known, but an upset husband that posted pictures of his wife and dead 7-month-old fetus to the Internet created an international uproar in June 2012.

Aside from forced abortion, China still is home to killing rooms or dying rooms. Certain infants are paced at birth in a room, the door closed and they are left to die. Some orphanages and some hospitals have both housed these rooms, but not all orphanages or hospitals have them. Below are Youtube links showing some of these conditions. Some are quite graphically disturbing and some show many babies and 1-year-olds tied with rope into potty chairs and to each other all day, wearing trousers that have no crotch material. Their life is permanently the potty chair.


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      8 years ago

      In all the reports of China's forced one-child policy, I have yet to read reports that show the extent to which China can now field an army of millions of soldiers with the high percentages of birth of males beginning in the late 1970's. Makes one wonder where the horses of Armageddon are being bred.

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      India Arnold 

      9 years ago from Northern, California

      Powerful information here. What an intense piece of work, Patty. It has long baffled me that the value of a female child is so much less than that of a male child in many countries. I feel the word "atrocities" is only the tip of the iceberg when describing the events you share in your hub. Thank you for bringing this to our attention.


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      Patty Inglish MS 

      9 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Thank you for this information, Paul Huehn. "Little emperor"...yes, that sounds spoiled. At the same time, I remember the film about China's last emperor and how, when the Communist regime came into power, they put him into plain khaki clothing as they did everyone else. The last scenes showed him sweeping the street and steps of his old palace. I don't know if that really happened, but we certainly have a whole new set of little emperors.

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 

      9 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand


      This is a very interesting and useful hub exposing the atrocities in Chinese family planning. In the past few years families have been limited to one child, and of course in almost all cases the child is a male. The Chinese nickname for this single male child is "xiao huangdi" which means "little emperor". You can imagine how spoiled these little emperors are. Voted up and sharing.

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      Patty Inglish MS 

      9 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      @angied83 - There are disturbing still-photo images on the video set to music, but the worst are on the two links at the bottom of the piece. In light of all this, I think of the words of the Chinese astronauts that just went up to their space lab - they must follow orders and directions (first and most important). The control is iron control and frightening. Thanks for telling your friends.

      @kashmir56 - Borrowing money from a nation that maintains these policies cannot be good. I think it is dangerous. Thanks for sharing with others!

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      Thomas Silvia 

      9 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Patty, this is a very disturbing hub, but the information within in is very important and needs to be read by everyone. These barbaric practices need to stop and must be stopped . We need to put pressure on DC to do more than sit on their hands and look the other way.

      Vote up and more !!! SHARING ! BRAVO Patty for writing this hub !

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      Angie D 

      9 years ago from Cebu, PH

      Hi Patty, thank you for the information you have provided on this hub. What you have described are simply abominable. I don't think I can view the video you posted... I'm scared of what I will see. Forced abortions are bad enough but killing rooms and dying rooms for babies???? My stomach is roiling just imagining the horror these poor infants are subjected to. Thank you for your work. I'll share this with my friends to get more awareness on this subject.

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      Patty Inglish MS 

      9 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      I'm on it.

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      9 years ago

      Yes, please send it.

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      Patty Inglish MS 

      9 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Pop - maybe I could still try sending my article to DC. There are some people that will listen.

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      Patty Inglish MS 

      9 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Hi Pop - I think Mr. Biden knows what's occurring, but is encouraging good relations with China as a political move. I remember Ohio did similar with China in the 1970s and 1980s, featuring Chinese products - some very good - in our state fair. Then the process and relations broke down and all Chinese products and exhibits disappeared from the fair.

      drbj - I have to agree with you. Although there are good things in China, my colleagues that went over had some very bad experiences and shocks.

      RealHouseWife - Some voices say that moving people to Mars is the answer, but I think not. My head swims with possibilities that have not worked previously. Perhaps someone can think of something useful.

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      Kelly Umphenour 

      9 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Oh my gracious! I had heard about a few of these things (like forced abortions in China) but I was hoping it was just bad rumor. That was naiev! Wow - that's awful and what's the answer? Over population is a terrible issue for everyone but surely more humane methods can be found.

      It's so many people that would pay high dollar for a child in desperation - and other people are just killing them.

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      drbj and sherry 

      9 years ago from south Florida

      A government and its people who support these barbaric practices, Patty, are no better than ignorant savages. Despicable and detestable.

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      9 years ago

      Dear Patty,

      I was so upset after I read your hub that I made no sense writing my comment. Sorry. What I meant to say and didn't was that the thought of the dying rooms will remain with me forever. I also suggested that you should send Biden and the rest of the "do nothing" crowd in Washington a copy of your piece.

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      Patty Inglish MS 

      9 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Some of these practices are truly abominable.

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      9 years ago

      I am utterly speechless. This important hub must be shared and read by as many people as possible. This is the first time I heard of the dying rooms". I don't think I will this piece, but I doubt that anything could get through to his convoluted sense of right and wrong. Up, useful and interesting.


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