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The Greatest Slaughter in Human History

April 18, 2017
A Chinese propaganda billboard promoting a one-child family

The Chinese government admitted its population control practices through four decades caused the abortion of 336 million unborn children.

The Financial Times reported that on March 14 the Chinese Health ministry published the following statistics since 1971:

  • 336 million abortions performed;
  • 196 million sterilizations conducted;
  • 403 million intrauterine devices inserted.

The People’s Republic of China, the world’s most populous country and a Communist dictatorship, first set legal limits on population growth in 1971 and started its coercive “one-child” per couple program in 1979. This means that the country has carried out the largest single slaughter of human beings in the history of the world.

To put this death toll into perspective, the Financial Times cites an array of statistics: the number is greater than the entire population of the world at the time of the Crusades; it is the equivalent of the combined current populations of the United States and Australia; more deaths resulted from Chinese population control policies than were caused by the Bubonic Plague in Europe or the Great Chinese Famine, more than all the people killed in the ten deadliest wars in human history, more than all the children that will be born in the world over the next ten years.

Only God can truly apprehend the magnitude of this loss in just one country. (The American Life League estimates that there have been over 60 million elective abortions in the United States in the 44 years since the Roe v. Wade decision in 1973.) May God have mercy on our world.

Sources: Financial Times; The Gospel Coalition, American Life League