Most persons are aware of China’s one-child policy. But few fully understand the indelible mark this human rights travesty has left on the soul of the Chinese people.
Recently professor Jing-Bao Nie of New Zealand published a remarkably candid appraisal of this policy, which represents the most ambitious demographic experiment ever conducted in human history.
China’s Birth Control Program through Feminist Lenses catalogs in chilling detail how the Chinese population-control agenda coerced hundreds of millions of women to use birth control, compelled over one-quarter of the adult female population to obtain an abortion, and ensured the forced sterilization of 37% of all married women.
The current toll is 200 million unborn babies, and counting. This moral calamity is compounded by sex-selective abortion, a widespread practice that has created a deficit of 40 million baby girls, giving rise to an impending demographic time-bomb.
Ironically, this modern-day eugenics program was sold to an unsuspecting Chinese citizenry as a tool to “liberate” and “empower” women. “No words can describe the physical pain and emotional suffering” that arise from such policies, Dr. Nie concludes.
Feminists have long been obsessed with the “problem” of child-bearing and child-rearing, viewing such activities as a baleful obstacle to female fulfillment. (As a father of three, I can state unequivocally that child-raising has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. But then, I’m not a feminist.)
Feminists are so consumed with the issue to the point of advancing totalitarian policies. In 1974, feminist matriarch Simone de Beauvoir advocated this final solution:
No woman should be authorized to stay at home to raise her children.…Women should not have that choice, precisely because if there is such a choice, too many women will make that one.
Government-mandated population control and proscriptions on stay-at-home motherhood are abhorrent to women. But that didn’t stop the feminist Left from seizing on an even more radical solution: excise the traditional family. Former Ms. Magazine editor Robin Morgan made no attempt to disguise her movement’s extreme agenda:
We can’t destroy the inequities between men and women until we destroy marriage.
But Morgan faced the same hurdle as the Chinese one-birth propagandists: How are we going to sell such a loopy scheme to women?