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Old 08-05-2001, 12:08 AM   #1
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Olympics one day, death orders the next

Sunday 5 August 2001 telegraph.co.uk

Chinese region 'must conduct 20,000 abortions' By Damien Mcelroy in Hong Kong
(Filed: 05/08/2001)

A CHINESE county has been ordered to conduct 20,000 abortions and sterilisations before the end of the year after communist family planning chiefs found that the official one-child policy was being routinely flouted.

The impoverished mountainous region of Huaiji has been set the draconian target by provincial authorities in Guangdong (formerly known as Canton).

Although the one-child policy is no longer strictly enforced in many rural areas, officials in Guangdong issued the edict after census officials revealed that the average family in Huaiji has five or more children.
Many of the terminations will have to be conducted forcibly on peasant women to meet the quota. As part of the campaign, county officials are buying expensive ultrasound equipment that can be carried to remote villages by car.

By detecting which women are pregnant, the machines will allow Government doctors to order terminations on the spot.

At the Huaiji county hospital, where most of the operations will take place, it is not only women with unauthorised pregnancies who are facing traumatic surgery in insanitary conditions.

Officials said that, as part of the drive to meet the quota, doctors had been ordered to sterilise women as soon as they gave birth after officially approved pregnancies.

The drive to perform 20,000 abortions and sterilisations in six months in a county with a population of fewer than one million represents a heavy assault on the women of child-bearing age in its population.
It is equivalent to the number of legal abortions that take place each year in Hong Kong, a city with a population of seven million, where women face no family planning restrictions.

Demographers believe that China has one of the highest rates of abortion in the world, with estimates running at up to 80 terminations for each 1,000 live births. In Western Europe, the figure is just 10 abortions per 1,000 births.

Claiming to be strapped for funds, the local county leadership decided that it could buy the ultrasound machines only if it withheld part of the salaries of its 15,000 employees. One government official said: "We are a very poor county. As our budget is very small, we don't have the money to buy new equipment."

Employees of the county government have spoken out against the leaders who have implemented the bizarre levy. Teachers, policemen and clerks, who already find their 600 yuan (50) monthly stipend inadequate, now have to support their families on half that amount.

One official said: "Party members and officials are people, too. We don't know why we should pay for such a heartless drive."

Beijing's 20-year campaign to curb the country's population has had a marked effect. The 2000 census produced a tally under 1.3 billion; the number would have been much higher without the one-child policy.

Sven Burmester, the United Nations Population Fund representative in Beijing, said: "For all the bad press, China has achieved the impossible. The country has solved its population problem."
That "bad press" has included reports of babies drowned in paddy fields by officials. There was also the testimony of Gao Xiaoduan, a former family planning official, who told an American congressional committee in 1998 that heavily pregnant women were often forced to have abortions.
Most recently, a woman was reported to have died while trying to escape from officials who were attempting to sterilise her.

Many of the operations carried out by the hated Family Planning Association are forced on women, sometimes as late as eight and a half months into pregnancy. The most common method of inducing birth is to inject a saline solution into the womb.

Abortion in Guangdong is increasing sharply as a result of a combination of a new campaign to strengthen implementation of the one-child policy and a trend for young women in the cities to have multiple terminations from an early age as a form of birth control.

Hospitals use the operations to generate cash both from local women and visitors from neighbouring Hong Kong who think it is easier to travel across the border and pay 40 for the procedure than to go through the formalities required under the laws of the former British colony.

The clinics catering for Hong Kong and Chinese city-dwellers are a far cry from the primitive facilities in Huaiji. Dozens of young women sit restlessly on benches waiting for their names to be called. Once inside, the theatre they are given a general anaesthetic before undergoing the 10-minute operation.
Within hours, they are back on the streets or boarding the train back to Hong Kong. If they went to the Hong Kong Family Planning Association, they would have to face background checks and be forced to accept a cooling-off period.

There are no such time-consuming demands in southern China, where abortion is not considered an ethical issue. In Hong Kong, they would also have been offered counselling, something that the doctors in China insist that there is no demand for.

20 December 2000: Chinese told one child is rule to 2003
2 November 2000: Chinese census aims to record 1.2bn people
27 August 2000: Anger sweeps China over baby-killers
25 June 2000: Shanghai sets aside China's one-baby law

Copyright of Telegraph Group Limited 2001.

How is it that a country that allows such barbarity can gain access to hosting an event that promotes goodwill and peace?

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Old 08-05-2001, 06:22 AM   #2
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Its sad but true that i dont think human rights issues are all that important to the IOC. The only way Beijing werent gonna get the games was if the Committee reasoned it would make the IOC look bad. The benefits for IOC members and the revenue each host city would bring the organisation are the prime deciding factors i think.

I also think that Samaranch wanted to have the introduction of the games into Mainland Asia on his CV before he retired...he was known to be VERY disappointed that Sydney beat Beijing in 1993 for the 2000 bid.

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Old 08-05-2001, 06:30 AM   #3
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so thats why he pronounced our name wrong..

yes its disgraceful the way the whole thing works.
there were all those reports of what benefits and perks the IOC delegates were getting while we were bidding for the games.

So much for peace and goodwill. It just begs the question about where you draw the line. Perhaps bans on sporting and world events like the ones that happened with South Africa during Apartheid should be in place on countries that have such disgusting treatment of their people.

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Old 08-05-2001, 08:26 AM   #4
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Originally posted by brettig:
Its sad but true that i dont think human rights issues are all that important to the IOC.

Exactly..It is such a shame..But sadly enough the norm for the Olympic Committee. I believe the US should pull out all corporate sponsorship for the Chinese Olympic games, but this will obviously not be the case.
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Originally posted by bonovista:

I believe the US should pull out all corporate sponsorship for the Chinese Olympic games,
I agree.

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Old 08-05-2001, 11:14 AM   #6
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I feel sick.
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Old 08-06-2001, 02:24 AM   #7
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I agree with all of you as to how bad this is and I agree ideally with bonovista nad 80sU2IsBest, but I fear a backlash from China should the U.S. or the corporate sponsors take any protest action. But who knows what political events will have transpired by the time of the Olympics.

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Ooops, wrong button.

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The Olympics means "MONEY"... and money, and the making of money, has nothing to do with justice, morality, and respect of human life.
In fact, those issues just get in the way of making money. There's no profit in it.
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Old 08-06-2001, 03:59 PM   #10
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what Trash Can said is very said, but indeed very true

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Old 08-07-2001, 05:01 PM   #11
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Good idea Whiteflag!!

I rememeber all the times you signed my Amnesty threads..

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This is one of the many many reasons why I am starting a boycott of the beijing games. website to come soon....

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sometimes this world seems so fucked up

and the fact that I'm sitting here saying that while those women are going through that makes me sick

waiting for your site too, whiteflag

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