Chinese authorities deny “abortion quotas,” local officials say otherwise

Via National Right to Life:

Four officials from different villages in Lanling county in Shandong Province told Chinese media that they were under an “abortion quota” and resorted to buying the records of women who had already aborted to meet the requirements.

Liu Xin, writing for the Global Times, reported that the quota was “one abortion for every 1,000 villagers, and each of them was assigned a quota of two to eight abortions in April.”

The health authorizes of Linyl, which administers Lanling county, discounted the allegations. They said they have yet to receive any complains about an “abortion quota.” The Lanling government says the report is “inaccurate,” according to thepaper.cn.

A deputy director of the family planning bureau in Lanling tried to finesse the allegations. Identified only as Bao, the official told the Global Times, “We only asked them to take remedial actions to persuade women [breaking the one-child policy] who have been pregnant for less than five months to have an abortion.”