Although China’s one-child policy ended years ago, the consequences of forced abortions, sterilizations, abandoned newborns, and government abductions are just being realized.
“One Child Nation,” a documentary by Amazon Studios, hits theaters Friday, detailing the devastation felt by parents forced to abandon their children, in many cases knowing they would die, and women forced to have abortions or sterilizations “tied like pigs” to satisfy the Communist Party from 1979 until 2015, similar to human rights abuses reported in North Korea.
“Every woman has almost gone through a forced abortion or forced sterilization,” Nanfu Wang, co-director and producer of the documentary, told PBS. “Sometimes the babies…they were born alive, and because of the policy and her job, she had to kill them after they were born alive, and she is really traumatized because of that.”
Wang spoke to the midwife who delivered her, who admitted doing 50 to 60,000 abortions over her time to enact a policy that the government claims prevented 400 million births. . .
The film’s preview says it “will challenge the way you think.” But Wang said her family, after decades of propaganda and watching the documentary, still believes the policy was a good thing for China overall. (Read more from “Women ‘Tied like Pigs,’ Forced Abortions Part of China’s ‘One-Child Policy'” HERE)