Sunday, January 03, 2016

Gender imbalance and forced abortion

Reggie Littlejohn is President of Women's Rights Without Frontiers, an international coalition to combat forced abortion, gendercide and sex trafficking in China. She also led the international campaign to free blind activist Chen Guangcheng, who arrived in the U.S. in May 2012.  Almost 200 million are missing today because of forced abortion.

This is her Ted Talk.

The Chinese government has just stopped the one-child policy, and replaced it with a two-child policy. Rural areas always had an exception because of the labor shortage.  The whole program (introduced in 1979) was unnecessary because  the previous decade the fertility rate had been halved. It has created a terrible imbalance in genders, with 121 males for every 100 females, with an excess of men in the reproductive age group estimated to be about 30 million. They have higher rates of depression and aggression and have more criminal behavior than married men.  It's not nice to fool Mother Nature as the old ad goes.

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