Pollution Causes Millions of Abnormal Babies in China

September 21, 2007 Updated: September 21, 2007

Every year, about 800,000 to 1.2 million babies with abnormalities are born in China. A baby with abnormalities arrives every 30 seconds. The main reason is pollution, but its impact on human health has been a low priority with Chinese communist officials.

According to Xinhua News Agency, the regime's official media, China has a high rate of babies born with abnormalities. Birth defects occur in 4 to 6 percent of all new-born babies. Among them, approximately 220,000 babies have congenital heart disease; 100,000 have neural tube defects; 50,000 have cleft lip; and 30,000 have Down's Syndrome.

To prevent further increases in birth abnormalities, Chinese authorities set Sept. 12 as “a day to prevent birth deficiencies.” This year marked the second anniversary of this event.

According to the Chinese Ministry of Health, a third of deficient babies die after birth. Birth deficiencies have impacted a tenth of Chinese families, resulting in the financial burden of 1 billion yuan RMB (approximately US$133 million).

Experts from the National Center for Women and Children's Health said the main reasons for the increase in the birth deficiency rate are pollution, an unhealthy lifestyle, and a delay in having babies. The birth deficiency rate in China is three times that of developed countries.

Communist Regime Classifies Environmental Pollution a Sensitive Issue

After 30 years of economic growth, China has now become the most polluted country in the world. Recently, China has experienced continuous public protests regarding environmental pollution. However, the communist regime regards environmental pollution a sensitive issue, limiting media reports on the subject.

Britain's Financial Times reported in July that the regime asked the World Bank to delete a sensitive part in their report on environmental pollution in China.

The sensitive part included figures of nearly 750,000 Chinese deaths due to air and water pollution. The highest cause of pollution-related deaths is polluted city air. Every year there are 35.4 million premature deaths due to air pollution. The problem is particularly serious in big cities.