A couple of articles today about China’s one-child policy.  RT News has reported the staggering figures and cost of the communist regime’s policy over the last 40 years:

“More than 330 million abortions and almost 200 million sterilizations have been performed in China since family-planning policies to limit the population were introduced 40 years ago, the country’s Health Ministry has revealed…Data also revealed that the government has done more than a half-billion birth control procedures, including the mandatory insertion of some 403 million of intra-uterine devices – a practice considered a regular birth control procedure in the West, if chosen voluntarily – the Financial Times reported.”

This is just staggering. But it doesn’t seem as if the one-child policy as a whole is unpopular (after all there are very many exceptions to it!):

“The country has generally supported the one-child policy in the past. Three in four citizens believe that without it, the country’s population would be 30 percent higher at 1.7 billion not 1.3 billion, which would have drained the nation’s resources, according to 2008 Pew Research Center survey.”

Which of course another way for saying that those who died did so for the living’s benefit. The crucial point being that the dead didn’t choose to do so. Just like in Carthage, children were thrown unwilling on the fire of the nation’s god: resources, economic growth, convenience. (Not that we should feel smug, most countries in the world do the same thing.) As a matter of fact, at least the Carthaginians were upfront about their child-sacrifice, they used to do it in the open, in public. There was none of this hiding it in suburban streets and then not talking about what happens there (we wouldn’t want to upset anyone would we?…I wonder how upset the aborted child gets?) So why do we look down with horror about the one-child policy? Because it is forced. We cannot bear to see poor women being forced into something they don’t want. Again, the irony is that in every abortion, in China and everywhere else, there is always one party who is unwilling. It’s just that they can’t speak and any photos that there are of the aftermath (like this one of this poor woman and child in China) are not allowed to be shown in the sanitised West because it might “offend” someone. Sorry to go on a bit of a rant, but the horror of the numbers involved has made me angry and bitter. I firmly believe that in future, people will say: “how could such tragedy occur? Why did no-one say anything? Why didn’t anyone do anything?” Just as we ask of Germans during the Nazi regime and the “final solution”.

I’ll leave the moves to end the one-child policy and the demographic trends to next time. I’m off to play with my son. Rant ends.

Marcus Roberts is a Senior Researcher at the Maxim Institute in Auckland, New Zealand, and was co-editor of the former MercatorNet blog, Demography is Destiny. Marcus has a background in the law, both...