Various articles last week, including this article show shocking statistics about suicide in China. The fifth most common cause of death across the board is suicide, with over 250 000 suicides per year. Furthermore, the most common cause of death among women ages 20-35 is suicide. This age range is also the childbearing age range and traditionally the age range in which Chinese women marry and are allowed to conceive and bear their one child.
Though numerous sources have reported this data and given various speculations for the cause, none have touched on the idea that China's forced one-child policy could be a contribution factor in the suicide rates. These sources pointed to the pressure women have to perform well in school and jobs, the inability to please one's parents, or loneliness as major contributing factors to suicide.
Because a couple is only permitted one child, most couples would prefer a male child because he will take care of them in their old age. A girl is expected to live with her husband's family and care for his parents in old age, leaving no one to care for her own parents. This also means that couples have engaged in sex-selection in bearing their precious child, and have aborted girls in order to bear a boy child. This leaves far fewer women than necessary to marry and maintain the replacement of the Chinese people. This also leaves each and every Chinese girl with the thought deep in her mind and soul that her parents wished she was a male child.
Feminists ought to be shouting from the rooftops of this abuse to women, yet they continue to scream the over-used lies of personal freedoms that abortion enables women to have. No doubt, as China becomes more "Westernized" in their culture, a sexual revolution has begun, and pregnancy among unmarried Chinese women has become more frequent. The Chinese government does not tolerate married couples to bear more than one child, and they do not allow a non-married couple to bear a child at all. Should an unmarried Chinese woman become pregnant, this is synonymous with abortion.
Case studies and other research indicate that abortion leads to an increased risk of suicide. In her book Forbidden Grief, Dr. Theresa Burke addresses this fact extensively in Ch. 13 (pages 172-178). She indicates that the risk of suicide is even greater among women who abort a wanted child due to lack of practical, medical reasons or emotional support, or other reasons. In addition, a forced abortion results in a greater risk to women's mental health because it is an act of an outside person forcing a woman to forgo her motherhood, her natural desire to protect her child, for the sake of what another says is right or good for her and the child.
"The strong association between suicide and abortion bears witness to how suicidal impulses serve as a means of reenacting a traumatic abortion experience," says Dr. Burke. Any traumatic event, especially in the life of an emotionally fragile person, will lead to thoughts of self-destruction. Abortion is a most traumatic event because the woman's intimate womb is penetrated by cold instruments, cold doctors and a cold ideology. She is abused, neglected and violated, and then she is left to recover in a society where abortion is more common than childbirth, a mere right of passage, something a woman must sacrifice for the sake of her country, her very own people.
So says Chinese psychiatrist, Lui Hong (in article from Telegraph in top of post): "Society is full of pressure and competition, so young people, lacking experience in dealing with difficulties, tend to get depressed." That's right, women lack experience. Maybe that is because they are disallowed to truly live as human beings.
No mention is made by Hong of the cause of these pressures and competitions. It is clear that these young people are being pressured from their birth to fill the role of both son and daughter, to fill the shoes of all the aborted siblings that came before them and all the aborted siblings that are to come after them. They are forced to become obedient to the government's demands on their intimate personal lives, namely when and whether they will bear a child.
Then, when these young people do discovery pregnancy in their young, confused lives, they are herded into the abortion clinics just as their mothers (but not their grandmothers, for the one-child policy only originated in the 1970s) were years before them. These women themselves are brought one step closer to the despair and depression that come from abortion.
For more information about suicide and abortion, please refer to the Elliot Institute. For more information about China's one-child policy, please refer to the Population Research Institute.