The past two years, I have been reading much about China's One Child Policy. With forced sterilizations and forced abortions being the norm for handling female fertility, I have discussed with my husband the moral implications of engaging in the marital act. In many provinces, a woman must obtain a birth permit before becoming pregnant, even for her first child. After her first child, she is coerced into accepting an IUD or sterilization procedure. Some women resist. If she becomes pregnant with a second child, she faces steep penalties. She must either pay a fine or get an abortion. Most women cannot afford the fines, and some try to hide until the baby is born. Some women go on the run. If she is captured at any point before the baby is completely born (abortions are performed even if she is already in labor) she will be beaten, drugged, and her baby will be murdered. Then she will be sterilized.
I just read this morning that in some provinces, they are cracking down because they have had a few too many women get away with giving birth without permission. In their newer, stricter policies, any women who has an illegal pregnancy will not be eligible for any government services - meaning no hospital for her or her child, no education for her child, no retirement pension, and no work for government agencies or branches.
In a terrifying situation as this, with the moral implications of the One Child Policy, I think that I, as a Christian (and there are Christians, even Catholics, in China), would either refuse to marry in the first place, or if I did marry, it would be marriage with continence after the birth of the first child. I cannot imagine taking a risk of my body being violated by forced surgeries, and my baby being violently murdered in my womb.
I am curious about what perspective other posters have on this tragic situation. A woman in China has no ability to fight this, because it only ends in murder or going into hiding to avoid murder. People who speak out end up in "accidents" or they "disappear", or they are forced to seek asylum in America or Europe. I do not want to minimize their pain with this thread, but I am just very concerned about this from a moral dilemma standpoint. What do you think?