China Vows to 'Reduce Non-Medical Abortions' by 2035

China’s government on Monday vowed to “reduce non-medical abortion” in the country by 2035 as the world’s most populous nation continues efforts to boost its birth rate, which has declined in recent years.

China’s State Council, or chief administrative authority, announced a number of new objectives on September 27 aiming to promote the “development of Chinese women and children” over the next decade, including several relating to women’s reproductive health.

The State Council said it would work “to promote healthy pregnancy and reduce unintended pregnancies” through the popularization of knowledge concerning “reproductive health and eugenics and post-natal care.”

China’s State Council promised to “carry out scientific and practical health education in various forms at different stages of school education to promote students to master the knowledge of reproductive health and improve their self-protection ability.”

BEIJING, CHINA - MAY 12: A couple carries their newborn baby as they walk at a local park on May 12, 2021 in Beijing, China. According to data released by the government from a national census, China

In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, Chinese President Xi Jinping, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, leads other Chinese leaders attending the fifth plenary session of the 19th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) in Beijing, China on Oct. 29, 2020. (Wang Ye/Xinhua via AP)

China’s State Council addressed persisting cultural preferences for male offspring among Chinese parents in its September 27 notice. The administrative body said it would “carry out extensive publicity on the birth policy” in China by promoting “changes in customs” and guiding “changes in male preference” to “build a new culture of marriage and childbirth.”

The State Council further vowed to “improve the laws, regulations, and policies related to population fertility, and promote the linkage of fertility policies with economic and social policies.”

Gabrielle Reyes