CHINA SIXTH TONE – 11/02/2022. 11:21
“Forced birth control” .. a procedure that knocks on the door of the Uyghurs without the Han
- While China encourages the Han majority to have more children, it is taking measures to reduce births among the Uighurs
- Interviews and data show that the state regularly subjects Uyghur women to pregnancy tests and forces them to have an IUD inserted into their womb.
- Although rates of these surgeries have decreased in the rest of the country, they rose seven times in Xinjiang from 2016 to 2018
China’s Family Planning Association said it would “interfere” with abortions among unmarried women and teenage girls in a bid to “improve Reproductive Health” Starting this year, local media reported, citing an action plan
State-supported organization for 2022.
The announcement came nearly five months after China’s cabinet issued guidelines to reduce the number of abortions performed for “non-medical reasons”, fueling speculation about whether abortions will be limited in the country.
However, the authorities claimed the move was aimed at “strengthening women’s reproductive rights.”
Abortion is legal in China despite the ban on sex-selective operations since 2001, and official data indicate that more than 9.5 million operations were performed between 2014 and 2019.
Studies have a high rate among young women and repeat miscarriages.
Last year, the Planned Parenthood Association warned of the rapid rise in the rate of abortions, with there were 28.3 abortions per 1,000 women in 2018, an increase of nearly 9% from 2014.
The new abortion guidelines come at a time when China is facing a record low birth rate and an aging population, as the authorities scrapped its restrictive birth-related policies and introduced various measures to increase the birth rate.
In the end, experts point out that reducing unwanted abortions aims to improve a woman’s fertility.
What is permitted for the Han is forbidden for the Uyghurs!
While China encourages the country’s Han majority to have more children, it is taking drastic measures to reduce birth rates among Uighur Muslims and other minorities as part of a comprehensive campaign to reduce its Muslim population.
While women have previously spoken of “forced birth control,” the practice has become more widespread and systematic compared to what was previously known, according to an earlier investigation by the Associated Press, based on government statistics.
and official documents, and interviews with 30 former detainees, family members, and a former internment camp director.
The agency considered that the campaign that has continued in recent years in China’s far western region of Xinjiang is leading to what some experts call a form of “demographic genocide.”
Interviews and data show that the state regularly subject Uyghur women to pregnancy tests, forcing them to have an IUD inserted into their wombs, injecting them with substances that render them sterile, and even aborted hundreds of thousands of women.
Although IUD use is declining across Chinese societies, its frequency is rising sharply in Xinjiang, and population control measures support mass arrests as a threat and punishment for non-compliance.
In 2014, just over 200,000 screws were introduced into Xinjiang, and by 2018, that number had jumped more than 60 percent to nearly 330,000.
The US agency concluded that the presence of a very large number of children was a major reason for sending people to concentration camps, and the measures included arresting parents if they gave birth to more than two children unless they could pay heavy fines.
Although the rates of these surgeries decreased in the rest of the country, they rose seven times in Xinjiang from 2016 to 2018, to more than 60,000 operations.
Darren Byler, an expert on Uyghurs at the University of Colorado, said, “The intention may not be to completely eliminate the Uyghur population, but it will reduce their vitality sharply, making it easier for them to assimilate.” However, the Uyghur expert, Joan Smith Finley, who
She works at Newcastle University in the United Kingdom. “It’s a genocide.. It’s not an immediate and shocking genocide, but a slow, painful and crumbling genocide.”