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China’s One-Child Policy is responsible for the deaths of 400 million babies in the last three decades. Since the policy’s implementation, an epidemic of gendercide has swept China because families prefer to have male children.  Gendercide in China is receiving media attention now, but what about gendercide in other countries? Is China the only one?

 

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In October 2013, the Ministry of Health and Family Planning launched a crackdown on illegal medical practices. These illegal practices included facilities with unlicensed doctors, illegal family-planning clinics, and sex-selective abortion providers. The year-long campaign has closed over 5,000 illegal clinics so far. According to People Daily, 7,316 illegal practices were reported in the first three months of the crackdown, and so far 6,538...

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I sit down with Jia at her kitchen table. She’s holding her beautiful 5-month old son and everything seems quiet and peaceful in her pleasant apartment just outside of Boston. While she feeds the baby, she starts to tell me her story. She speaks quietly, but is very confident in what she...

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BOSTON, MA -- As International Women’s Day approaches on Saturday March 8th, Chai Ling and All Girls Allowed urge global focus on China’s One-Child Policy and a swift end to the 35-year-old family planning law. International Women’s Day is defined as a time to ...

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Last November, China made significant changes...

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In 2004 I happened upon a snippet of an article which spoke of ekthesis, the word for infant exposure in Greek antiquity. I was dumbfounded to learn that girls were still being left in the elements to die, just because they were female. Today we use the term gendercide.

 

Having learned of the modern practice, my rage looked for a place to turn. The release came through my writing craft. What if I could create a fictional story illustrating a society practicing gendercide? What if that story could raise awareness and sympathy, and ultimately action against the atrocity? About that time, my youngest daughter came home from her college cultural anthropology class and shared that there have...

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Last week marked the start of the Chinese New Year, a time of joy and celebration for the Chinese people. Most people are enjoying the company of friends and family on this happy holiday, but there are some who are spending this time imprisoned, in pain, and secluded from their loved ones. Who are these people? They are the thousands of victims of human trafficking in China.

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Many new and expectant mothers make numerous decisions on a daily basis. Mothers often ask themselves questions such as, “Will I choose to have my child at home or in a hospital?” “Will I need to sell that table to make room for the new crib?” “Should I tell my parents what names I’m considering for the baby, or should I keep it a surprise?”

 

For Xiao Pan, single Chinese mother of a now four-year-old boy, these questions were dramatically...

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SHAANXI, China -- A Chinese doctor was sentenced to death on January 14 for selling seven newborns to child traffickers. The death sentence came with a reprieve, which reduces the punishment to life imprisonment if the convicted person does not commit further crimes during a two-year grace period.

 

Zhang Shuxia, an obstetrician in China’s Shaanxi Province, deceived parents into believing that their...

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HANDAN, Hebei, China -- 45-year-old farmer Ai Guangdong ended his life on December 4th to pay for China’s One-Child Policy fines.

 

Ai, father of five, made around 5,000 yuan ($823) a year mainly by growing corn. When Ai had his second daughter in 2003, family planning authorities charged him 7,000 yuan ($1,153) for violating the One-Child Policy, a sum he was unable to afford. After his third child was born,...