CHINA FORCES ABORTION, STERILIZATION
|LHASA, Tibet (CWNews.com/LSN.ca) - China's
forced abortion, one-child policy has come under fire again, this time from Tibetans who
are testifying to horrific human rights abuses at the hands of the Chinese, according to
an August report in Jane magazine.
Tibetans are accusing China of intentionally trying to gut their population through a 20
year imposition of their one-child policy. According to media mogul Ted Turner's UN
Foundation (UNF), "allegations of procedures forced on Tibetan women include
infanticide, in which lethal chemicals are injected into a baby's brain, forced abortion
after nine months of pregnancy, abortion via electrical rods inserted through the vagina,
rusty IUDs that may bring on tuberculosis and other diseases and IUDs left in the uterus
for eight years instead of the recommended three."
Blake Kerr, the US doctor who reported on the situation in Tibet, said the conditions in
Tibetan hospitals he visited were "a hygienic atrocity," with bloodstained
gurneys and the regular use of non-sterilized equipment. "According to the Tibetan
Women's Association, nearly 20 percent of Tibetans may no longer be able to reproduce
because of sterilization procedures," reports the UNF. "One Tibetan woman
interviewed by researchers at the Tibetan Administration in Dharamsala, India, said 70
percent of women over age 18 in her village, including herself, were sterilized. In one
district, 308 women were reportedly sterilized in 22 days."
This is not the first time such allegations have come to light. Just last year "the
US State Department's 1999 report on China claims that forced sterilization and abortion
are common in Tibet," notes UNF. But China continues to deny practicing forced
sterilization or abortion and has claimed that policies are implemented "in full
consideration of the wishes of the Tibetan people."