The Newsletter 45 Autumn 2007

Chinese voices on abortion

Margaret Sleeboom-Faulkner

<p>Jing-Bao Nie. 2005. <em>Behind the Silence: Chinese Voices on Abortion</em>. Rowman &amp; Littlefield: Lanham, Boulder, New York, Toronto and Oxford. 294 pages. ISBN 0 7425 2370 3</p>

<p>Behind the Silence is a timely work about the historical, cultural, social and political aspects of induced abortion in China, where it is used as a means of controlling population growth. Jing-Bao Nie is familiar with the history of induced abortion (see his <em>Medical Ethics in China</em>) and here includes a wealth of data on foetal life, the embryo&rsquo;s moral status, birth control policies and eugenic policy-making.</p>