The Chinese Communist Party would also have the world believe that compliance with the One-Child Policy is voluntary, achieved through education and persuasion. It is not. To the contrary, “China’s birth limitation program retains harshly coercive elements in law and practice, including coercive abortion and involuntary sterilization.”

The Chinese Communist Party states that these coercive measures are carried out by local officials who are acting in violation of the law.  Evidence points to the contrary, for at least three reasons: 

Provincial Regulations.  According to the 2008 State Department UNFPA Determination, official provincial regulations mandate forced abortion for out of plan pregnancies.  See, for example, the Hunan Province Population and Family Planning Regulations, Article 22, which states, in pertinent part:  “ . . . Pregnancies that do not comply with the legal requirements for childbirths shall be terminated in a timely manner.”

Gao Xiao Duan.
  A former family planning official, Gao Xiao Duan, brought to the West documentary evidence that the coercive implementation of the One-Child Policy is mandated by Beijing. Her testimony and documentation are in the United States Congressional Record.  

Chen Guangcheng.
  Blind activist Chen Guangcheng exposed the 130,000 mass forced abortions and forced sterilizations in Linyi County, Shandong Province, in 2005.  For this he is currently serving a four-year prison sentence. On April 30, 2006, Time Magazine named him in its list of “2006’s Top 100 People Who Shape Our World,” in the category of “Heroes and Pioneers.” In June of 2007, according to an Amnesty International report, he was severely beaten in prison and denied medical attention.  In January of 2009, he was said to be extremely weakened, and possibly near death, due to untreated medical conditions.

If it is true, as the Chinese Communist Party contends, that officials who perform forced abortions and forced sterilizations are breaking the law, then why aren't these Family Planning Officials in jail? Why, instead, is Chen Guangcheng in jail for reporting these abuses? If the One-Child Policy is truly voluntary, then why doesn’t the Chinese Communist Party free Chen Guangcheng immediately?  Furthermore, why does the state impose quotas for a set number of abortions and sterilizations.  In addition, why does it  employ a system of paid informants?