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MPs demand action from UK Govt on forced abortions on Uyghur women in China

MPs are continuing to ask the Government to pressure China into ending the abuses of forced abortion and sterilisation against the Uyghur population in China.

Pressure is mounting on the Government to confront the Chinese Communist Party as MPs draw attention to the population suppression measures taken against the Uyghur minority in Xinjiang, China.

In an ‘Urgent Question’ to the Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab, Sir Iain Duncan Smith MP said:

“[It has been] shown that the Chinese Government forced Uyghur women into sterilisation. As a result, the Uyghur population in those regions fell by as much as 84% between 2015 and 2018. That is action verging, I believe, on genocide”.

Following this Scott Benton MP said that the Minister should be “absolutely appalled by the credible reports of forced abortions and forced sterilisation”.

He went on to ask: “Will he commit to taking action on this by formally and publicly condemning the population control practices of the Chinese Communist Party and requesting that these cease immediately?”

The Minister for Asia, Nigel Adams confirmed that the Government will “continue to hold China to account…” He also stated that the Chinese Ambassador has been summoned to the Foreign Office to meet with the permanent under-secretary.

Uyghur forced abortion and sterilisation

Earlier this month, Fiona Bruce MP urged the Government to do all within its power to end the “appalling” treatment of the Uyghur community at the hands of the Chinese Government.

Mrs Bruce said: “[The Uyghurs] are violated through forced birth control, pregnancy checks, the mandatory insertion of painful intrauterine devices, forced sterilisation and abortions. We hear that that is happening at scale, to hundreds of thousands of women”.

“These population control measures are backed by mass detention as a punishment for failure to comply. The threat of being sent to prison – to the camps that we hear so much about – hangs over these women”.

Forced abortions in China

Forced abortions and sterilisations are a well-documented phenomenon in China. This year a doctor who escaped the regime in China shared how she participated in at least 500-600 operations on Uyghur women in the country, including forced abortion, forced sterilisation and forced removal of wombs.

Speaking to ITV News, the Uyghur woman also revealed abortions were carried out at full-term and that infanticide – the purposeful causing of a baby’s death – was common practice.

These attacks on the Uyghur population, through forced abortion and sterilisation, are taking place at the same time as hundreds of thousands are being used for slave labour. UK businesses are currently being urged to ensure their supply chains do not participate in this in any way.

Right To Life UK spokesperson, Catherine Robinson, said:

“The treatment of the Uyghur population in China is despicable, particularly the abhorrent practice of forced abortion and sterilisation. MPs are absolutely right to bring up this issue and pressure the Government to act. The simultaneous pressure on business to ensure their supply chains are not participating in the persecution of the Uyghurs is certainly a step in the right direction too. Hopefully, growing international pressure will force the Chinese Communist Party to end this barbarism”.

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In 2020, the UK Government imposed an extreme abortion regime on Northern Ireland, which included a provision that legalised abortion right up to birth for disabilties including Down’s syndrome, cleft lip and club foot.

A new Bill has been launched at the Northern Ireland assembly that will remove the current provision that allows abortion for ‘severe fetal impairment’.

It is under these grounds in the regulations that babies with disabilities including Down’s syndrome, cleft lip and club foot can currently be singled out for abortion in Northern Ireland because of their disability and can be aborted right up to birth.

Before the new abortion regime was imposed on Northern Ireland in 2020, disability-selective abortion for conditions such as Down’s syndrome, cleft lip and club foot was not legal and there was a culture of welcoming and supporting people with these disabilities rather than eliminating them.

This is reflected directly in the latest figures (2016) from the Department of Health in Northern Ireland, which show that while there were 52 children born with Down’s syndrome in Northern Ireland, in the same year only 1 child from Northern Ireland with Down’s syndrome was aborted in England and Wales. 

This contrasts with the situation in the rest of the United Kingdom where disability-selective abortion has been legal since 1967.

The latest available figures show that 90% of children diagnosed with Down’s syndrome before birth are aborted in England and Wales.

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