"local officials must keep new births in their region down below a specified target or face fines and a poor career record. Family planning officials have been reported to use violence in many parts of China in order to keep births down. Couples who get pregnant after more than one child have complained of beatings and even house demolitions resulting from their breach of strict population guidelines."China has also been forcing and coercing sterilization, as well, in their continuing efforts to stem the population growth. Beijing denies this brutal practice still exists but Chen Guangcheng, a blind human rights activist, was sentenced to 4 years in prison (in August, 2006) on trumped up charges.
"Chen's run-in with the government began after he filed an unprecedented class-action lawsuit against Linyi City health officials. The suit attacked officials for their inhuman treatment of women and their unborn children in the Shangdong province in what Chen viewed as violations in enforcing the "one-child-policy." Although Beijing's official policy now prohibits forced sterilizations and abortions, local government officials continue to apply the brutal methods to fulfill population control quotas mandated by Beijing. And Chen was recently "beaten by six fellow inmates at the behest of his jailers for insisting on his right to appeal his sentence and refusing to have his head shaved."Chen was instrumental in exposing forced abortions and sterilization by local officials.
Despite China's promises to clean up its act regarding Human Rights (as a condition for being allowed to host the upcoming Olympic Games), the country has an extremely long way to go.
An interesting side-note regarding China's forced abortions:
Pat Robertson, in an interview on CNN in 2001, said: "I don't agree with it, but at the same time they've got 1.2 billion people and they don't know what to do."
The U.N. (through their UNFPA) continues to fund "population control programs including forced abortions in China and pro-abortion liberals consistently try to force the U.S. to fund UNFPA. Many of the tactics used by the UNFPA in China are also now being exported to other nations like Indonesia and Vietnam. For more information visit: www.pop.org."