Nie Jing-bao is a specialist of bioethics and intercultural medical history. Currently, he is an associate professor at Otago University (New Zealand) and a faculty associate at renowned Chinese institutions (including Beijing University). At the time of starting this research, Nie writes, “despite the fact that I had born in China and lived there for nearly thirty years, I knew nothing about the family planning program” (2). However, he undertook a comprehensive study in order to present the “varied ‘native’ Chinese view point on abortion” (9). Through this book, Nie attempts to interpret the Chinese silence surrounding abortion in a manner that Westerners can understand, because Western scholars and media regard this silence as unethical and as moral indifference toward abortion.

Western perspectives, which are based on the concept of human rights, tend to play a critical role in national birth control in China...

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