China is facing a baby shortage after decades of a one child policy that resulted in millions of forced abortions and infanticide against girls. Yet CBS This Morning on Tuesday somehow never mentioned the brutal abortion practice that, according to NPR, resulted in “about 100 million missing women across Asia.” Instead reporter Ramy Inocencio simply insisted that the policy seemed “sound” at the time.
After noting that the country “needs more babies,” reporter Inocencio fretted, “China is getting older faster and Beijing expects deaths will outnumber births Fewer people mean less consumption which means slower economic growth. That’s a threat to stability for the Communist Party.”
Instead of focusing on the devastating impact of abortion, Inocencio worried about lack of child care if Chinese women are going to have more babies: “A recent study out of China shows money is the biggest worry with child care concerns second. In 1980, Beijing embarked on its controversial one-child policy to control it’s then skyrocketing population.”
The journalist spun, “Considered sound at the time, most Chinese appeared to have gotten used to it.” Considered sound? As NPR explained in 2016, “The Nobel economist Amartya Sen estimated there were about 100 million missing women, women that were never born or killed or aborted across Asia.”
Promoting a documentary on the One Child Policy, Fox News in 2019 reported:
“Every woman has almost gone through a forced abortion or forced sterilization,” [One Child Nation co-director] 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.
Back on CBS, Inocencio ominously, but vaguely, warned, “There are people being born right now who could see a world where China is no longer the most populous country.” Cause and effect, but the liberal journalists at CBS don’t want you to know about the cruel impact of abortion.
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CBS This Morning
TONY DOKOUPIL: This morning on social media, women all over China are dismissing a new government policy on the size of families. All married couples are now allowed to have three children instead of two. But Amnesty International says the increased limit is still a grave violation of women’s sexual and reproductive rights. Ramy Inocencio looks now at the Chinese government’s move to increase the country’s population after decades of tight restrictions.
RAMY INOCENCIO: China needs more babies, yes, that may seem like a strange thing to say since it’s the world’s most populist country with 1.4 billion people. But China is getting older faster and Beijing expects deaths will outnumber births Fewer people mean less consumption which means slower economic growth. That’s a threat to stability for the Communist Party. But Beijing’s new policy declaring couples can have three children, up from two, isn’t enough, says political scientist Jean-Pierre Cabestan in Hong Kong.
JEAN-PIERRE CABEESTAN (Professor of political science at Hong Kong Baptist University): Unless the government allows couples to have three children, I don’t think Chinese companies are going to have more kids.
A recent study out of China shows money is the biggest worry with child care concerns second. In 1980, Beijing embarked on its controversial one-child policy to control it’s then skyrocketing population. Considered sound at the time, most Chinese appeared to have gotten used to it. This week on Chinese social media, memes of triple bunk beds went viral and this cartoon with a person having to news between triplets and life. Women in China were vocal.
[Woman through translator.] “There should be more policy support, more education support and medical support,” this woman says. “Men can do more. I don’t want to have a second child. A third is even more impossible,” says this mother of one. And one more population point to consider. There are people being born right now who could see a world where China is no longer the most populous country. By the year 2100, and yes it is coming, the British medical journal The Lancet says India could take the number one spot followed by Nigeria, and then China, number four, the United States.
ANTHONY MASON: Pretty interesting reaction from the Chinese there.
DOKOUPIL: A lot of people can relate to the men can do more.
GAYLE KING: Yes, men.
MASON: The look on the kid’s face said it all.