China’s Population Shortfall

Many have praised China’s recent decision to end its immoral and draconian one-child policy as a great victory.

That policy, introduced in 1979, has prevented 400 million births, a number that includes 336 million abortions: 13 million a year; 35,000 per day; 1,500 per hour.

The change, effective next March, replaces the one-child policy with a two-child policy.

“While a step in the right direction, it will not end the slaughter of millions of innocent children,” said Georgia Right to Life (GRTL) President Ricardo Davis. “This new policy does not reflect a moral victory: it’s all about money.”

As evidence, Davis pointed to the fact that Chinese officials announced the change in connection with efforts to chart the country’s economic and social development through 2020.

Officials claim the two-child policy will help “improve the balanced development of the population.” Interpretation: The nation, which numbers 1.3 billion people, now has a population shortfall problem. The Chinese workforce will lose 67 million people in the next 15 years. The United Nations estimates 440 million people—approximately one-quarter of the population—will be over the age of 65 by 2050.

In addition, there are too many boys. The traditional preference for male children, coupled with the one-child policy, has led to a large number of girls being victims of abortion (some forced), and even infanticide. Others were abandoned or placed in orphanages. This female shortage also makes it difficult for men to find wives and has fueled the sex trafficking trade.

The policy also resulted in an uncounted number of forced sterilizations.

The population problem is compounded by a drop in the country’s fertility rate, which now stands at 1.7 percent. Before the one-child policy was enforced, the rate was 2.8 percent.

To keep a population stable requires a 2.1 percent fertility rate. Sadly, the rate is 1.9 percent in the United States.

In general, using the threat of over population to limit births is a bogus argument.

The change did have its critics. Sarah Conly, a philosophy professor at Bowdoin College - falsely claiming we face the threat of overpopulation - said allowing anyone to have more than one child is immoral.

Writing in the Boston Globe, Conly said: “Given the damage we are causing, and the suffering we foresee for all those who will live after us, it is clear that having more than one child is just something that none of us - Chinese or American - has a moral right to do.”

Davis called her thinking preposterous.  “Psalm 127 proclaims that children are a gift from God and a blessing. It says nothing about limiting offspring,” he said.

The gruesome reality of the one-child policy shocked the world in 2012 with the forced abortion of a 23-year-old who was seven months pregnant.

The tragedy gained worldwide attention after her husband posted graphic photographs of the dead child lying next to her.

Chinese officials forcibly aborted because the family could not pay the $6,300 penalty for having an unsanctioned pregnancy.

Also in 2012, LifeSiteNews published a chilling photograph of a full-term, newly delivered child drowned in a bucket of water - another victim of the one-child policy.

According to reports, the mother was forcibly held down and given an injection to induce labor. After delivery, the baby, which “even gave a cry,” was left in a bucket of water to drown.


The country’s “family planning police” hunted the couple down because they already had one child.

While the new policy will save some lives, innocent children will still be sacrificed at the altar of a secular regime that worships worldly success over honoring the God who created them.

Pro-life supporters are encouraged to educate themselves on the overpopulation myth and tell others what they have learned. Be sure to contact Georgia’s U.S. Senators and Representatives with resources on the overpopulation myth and ask that Congress pass a resolution calling on China to end all birth restrictions.


By Wayne DuBois

Media Relations Advisor