China cuts Uighur births with IUDs, abortion, sterilization

By The Associated Press
June 30, 2020

The Chinese government is taking draconian measures to slash birth rates among Uighurs and other minorities as part of a sweeping campaign to curb its Muslim population, even as it encourages some of the country’s Han majority to have more children.

While individual women have spoken out before about forced birth control, the practice is far more widespread and systematic than previously known, according to an AP investigation based on government statistics, state documents and interviews with 30 ex-detainees, family members and a former detention camp instructor. The campaign over the past four years in the far west region of Xinjiang is leading to what some experts are calling a form of “demographic genocide.”


China is forcibly sterilizing Uighur women and giving them unwanted abortions

Bill Bostock
June 29, 2030

New evidence has come to light exposing the draconian tactics Chinese authorities are using to persecute Uighur Muslims, including forced abortions, birth control, and sterilization.

An Associated Press report published on Monday cited interviews with 30 former prisoners, family members, and a former detention-camp instructor, as well as government statistics and state documents.


Colombia drops FARC’s mass forced abortion claim after 5 years

Colombia drops FARC’s mass forced abortion claim after 5 years

by Adriaan Alsema
May 10, 2020

A former guerrilla associate was sentenced to 40 years in prison for carrying out forced abortions on former ELN and ERG guerrillas, according to the prosecution, which had blamed the FARC for years.

In a press release, a judge in the city of Pereira confirmed Hector Albeidis Arboleda carried out forced abortions for demobilized rebel group ERG and the active ELN guerrillas.


Nepal – Unsafe abortion continues unabated

Unsafe abortion continues unabated

Published: January 05, 2020
Rastriya Samachar Samiti

Abortion has been legalised in Nepal since March 2002 and in normal cases, abortion up to 12 weeks’ gestation, with the consent of pregnant women, is allowed. In special cases, it is allowed up to 28 weeks of pregnancy.

However, abortion is still considered a stigma in Nepali society. Of those women undergoing abortion, 58 per cent chose unsafe procedure, according to data published by various organisations working in the reproductive health rights sector.


Kenya – Cultural abortion: The unspoken cruelty destroying girls’ lives

Cultural abortion: The unspoken cruelty destroying girls' lives
She was warned that she couldn’t get pregnant before she is wed as it was a shame to her family and her taboo.

by Michelle Dibo
06 October 2019

Eddah looks much older than her actual age of 17. She is admitted at the Maralal Referral Hospital for the 17th time.

It is funny that her age and the number of times she has been admitted at the hospital due to miscarriages is the same. She does not seem to recognise this irony when I speak with her.

“I just want to have a child,” she tells me. Her voice so sad you can hear the melancholic backdrop if you listen close enough.


What we learned from the forced-abortion case

What we learned from the forced-abortion case
So pro-lifers suddenly care about the state meddling in women’s affairs?

Ella Whelan, Columnist
4th July 2019

A woman’s decision to have an abortion is a deeply personal and private matter. But one mentally disabled woman living in England had her pregnancy discussed in public at length recently, following a court ruling mandating doctors to abort the pregnancy without her consent, which was later overturned.

The pregnant woman had a ‘moderately severe’ learning disorder and the mental age of a child aged between six and nine. Doctors questioned her ability to handle the psychological toll of childbirth and raising the child. The woman’s mother, her social worker and her lawyers all argued that she was capable of giving birth, and argued that the child’s grandmother would do most of the caregiving. Despite their pleas, the Court of Protection ruled that termination was in the woman’s ‘best interests’. After the case was taken to the Court of Appeal, the ruling was thankfully overturned.


UK – Judges overturn ‘forced abortion’ ruling

Judges overturn 'forced abortion' ruling

24 June 2019

A woman has won an appeal against a court ruling that would have seen her mentally ill daughter forced to have an abortion.

She appealed a decision made last week granting permission for specialists to end the pregnancy.

Three Court of Appeal judges in London upheld the appeal, overturning the previous decision.


‘They Ordered Me To Get An Abortion’: A Chinese Woman’s Ordeal In Xinjiang

'They Ordered Me To Get An Abortion': A Chinese Woman's Ordeal In Xinjiang

November 23, 2018
Rob Schmitz

When the 37-year-old Chinese woman stepped over China's border into Kazakhstan last July, she felt free.

The woman — who doesn't want NPR to use her name for fear of retaliation by Chinese authorities — says after her husband died in 2015, she was left with two children, a tiny house in the countryside of China's Xinjiang region, and little else. She despaired of her future.


Kenya – Abortion: Who’s pushing the numbers?

Abortion: Who’s pushing the numbers?

By Gatonye Gathura
Published Sat, October 13th 2018

A group of women receiving post abortion care at two public hospitals say they were pushed to abort by the men in their lives.

One woman told researchers she was tricked by her partner into an illegal and risky abortion. The man suggested some drugs she could use during the pregnancy and how to administer them.


Japan – 3 sue gov’t over forced sterilizations, abortion under former eugenics law

3 sue gov't over forced sterilizations, abortion under former eugenics law

June 28, 2018 (Mainichi Japan)

SAPPORO/KUMAMOTO -- A Hokkaido couple and a Kumamoto Prefecture man sued the Japanese government on June 28 over forced sterilizations and abortion under the now defunct eugenics protection law (1948-1996) for violating their constitutional right to the pursuit of happiness and their reproductive rights.

The cases filed in the Kumamoto and Sapporo district courts call for a total of 55 million yen in compensation from the central government. The plaintiffs also argue that the government and the Diet failed to take measures to aid victims after the eugenics law was revised in 1996 to become the current Maternal Health Act.