(CNSNews.com) – Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry (R-Texas) said that China was “destined for the ash heap of history” because of its immoral government, citing the fact that an average of 35,000 abortions are performed there every day.
“I happen to the think that Communist China is destined for the ash heap of history because they are not a country of virtues,” Perry said during his closing comments at the GOP presidential debate on Nov. 22.
“When you have 35,000 forced abortions a day in that country, when you have the cyber security that the PLA (People’s Liberation Army) has been involved with, those are great major issues both morally and security-wise that we’ve got to deal with now,” he said.
Perry’s statement that there are 35,000 “forced abortions” in China every day is true, at least according to Chinese figures.
A July 2009 report in the state-controlled China Daily stated that there were 13 million abortions in China every year. That figure works out to an average of 35,616 abortions per day.
That report also said that approximately 62 percent of those abortions were performed on women between the ages of 20 and 29.
Further, approximately 10 million abortion-inducing drugs are administered each year in China.
According to the China Daily article, the average surgical abortion in China costs approximately $88.
China, a country of 1.3 billion people, has had a population-control policy known as the One Child Policy since 1978 that mandates that couples can only have one child.
To enforce this policy, China often forces women to undergo surgical abortions if they become pregnant with a second child.