When one reads of State abortion policies, and the dramatic consequences thereof, most of us swing our minds towards Communist China, and its’ well-known and -publicised laws such as the One Child Policy. We know that these killings are state-sponsored; whether we all agree of my own terminology namely ‘killing’ is perhaps beside the point. My own views on abortion do not matter in this particular instance because we are talking about the policies of a Government. Because it is the most populous nation on the planet, whatever the Peoples’ Republic decides, or rules, or legislates has huge and dramatic consequences not only for its’ own population, but also for other Nation States who have comparable population statistics such as India, now some 1,148,000,000, or Indonesia with some 240,000,000.
The premise that a Government governs with the consent of the governed has little effect on a totalitarian State such as Communist China, where the deliberations of a few ruthless officials, members of the People’s Committee, affect over one and one-third billion people, and it is this last number which determined the One Child Policy. When Chairman Mao still held sway over this nation, the numbers were growing, and the first restrictive laws were imposed on family life; and of course, because the Chinese people even then resented what is surely the most natural function of all humanity being restricted or interfered with, the restrictions were largely ignored. Huge numbers of abortions were carried out, some estimates range as high as 250,000,000 births were either terminated early or during the birthing process, and still the numbers of true Chinese population climb inexorably, because no-one can legislate for human process.
My point and query, dear Reader is this; in the light of the statistics alone listed above, do you believe that similar policies, based of course on the most honourable of intentions, should even be considered for countries such as our own, or would it be a betrayal of everything we have thought precious for nearly a millenium? Should we even be listening to the likes of Jonathon Porrit, or should he and his confreres be consigned to a very dark cage in the fastness of some mediaeval castle?