China recently released statistics that reveal that there have been 336 million abortions performed in the country over the past four decades.
According to The Gospel Coalition, this staggering number means that China has sanctioned more abortions in in the last four decades--many of which are forced on women--than the entire population of the world at the time of the Crusades (c. 1100 AD).
Although many are likely familiar with China’s strict “one-child” policy (now a “two-child” policy as of 2015), the actual impact of that policy will likely still be a shock.
Not only have 336 million abortions taken place in China since 1971, but 196 million sterilizations were conducted and 403 million intrauterine devices were inserted.
The Gospel Coalition provides other comparisons that put this vast number of abortion in perspective:
- More than all the people killed in the 10 ten deadliest wars in human history (Based on highest estimates(in millions): World War II (72), World War I (65), Mongol Conquest (60), An Lushan Rebellion (36), Taiping Rebellion (30), Qing Dynasty conquest of the Ming Dynasty (25), Conquests of Timur (20), Dungan Revolt (12), Russian Civil War (9), Second Congo War (5.4))
- Equal to the entire combined populations of the United States and Australia.
- More than all the children that will be born in the world over the next ten years.
Join us in praying for China and for life to be treated as precious rather than disposable.
Publication date: March 28, 2017