Abortion is not a pleasant subject to talk about, but for the sake of the blood of the innocent, we must talk about it. While this is hotly debated back in the States, it doesn’t often come up in conversation here in Japan. As such, for me, the whole issue here screams one thing: massive cover up.
On the books, it is illegal to have an abortion in Japan. The reason why women are allowed to go through the procedure is because of lack of enforcement of the law and the exceptions have quietly become the rules. Here are some excerpts from the Japanese Penal Code: Chapter XXIX Crimes of Abortion of 1907 still on the books today:
When a pregnant woman causes her own abortion by drugs or any other means, imprisonment with work for not more than 1 year shall be imposed.
A person who, at the request of a woman or with her consent, causes her abortion, shall be punished by imprisonment with work for not more than 2 years. If the person thereby causes the death or injury of the woman, the person shall be punished by imprisonment with work for not less than 3 months but not more than 5 years.
These excerpts come from the Maternal Health Act introduced after the war in 1948:
The purpose of this Act is to protect the lives and health of people during maternity by providing for matters concerning Sterilization, Induced Abortion, etc.
… Induced Abortion [may be performed] on a person who falls under any of the following items after obtaining consent from the relevant person and the spouse:
(i) a person for whom the continuation of pregnancy or delivery may significantly damage the person’s physical health due to bodily or economic reasons; and
(ii) a person who was raped in a violent or threatening manner or at a time when the person could neither resist nor refuse and becomes pregnant.
That’s why after 1948, you see a steady increase in the number of abortions performed. Japan decided to no longer enforce the original law, opening the flood gates for a mass holocaust of the innocent. I would argue that Japan’s current population crisis is largely a result of abortion.
While in Western countries the debate as to whether the fetus has life or not is still ongoing, surprisingly, in Japan, it is widely recognized that abortion is murder of a real baby.
…a 1968 survey of 1,500 Japanese women found that two-thirds believed the fetus is a human life at conception. Even Japanese feminists who have lobbied for more abortion rights sometimes refer to “killing the baby.”
I want that to sink in for a moment. Many Japanese women resoundingly believe that abortion is murder and choose to do it anyway. Let that sink in–please. Japanese feminists flat out admit that they would like to make murder acceptable. And Japan is still so often touted as a safe country…
Thus, decidedly, a huge portion of Japanese people view abortion as morally acceptable–a stunning 44%! Compare that to the Philippines and Ghana with a 2% approval rate or the States at 17%. The article claims that there is little difference between the answers received from men and women, but unfortunately, statistics are all about how you ask the question, so if you look at other studies, the approval ratings just go up, up, up.
In reports from 1998 (Page 39), a whopping 81% of married women said abortion was acceptable if the mother is not married or “can’t” get married! It’s incredible, because this reason is actually not valid according to the exceptions laid out in the Maternal Health Act above, but it remains the main reason why women choose to abort. The 2nd leading reason is financial instability.
Considering the lax laws on abortion in Japan and the fact that many unmarried people think it’s acceptable to end a pregnancy, I was puzzled looking at the ever-declining abortion numbers in Japan from the Johnston Archive. How can a country where so many women approve of this procedure have such a sharp decline in the number of women who go through with it? How do you go from over a million abortions in 1955 to only 200,000 in 2010? Did Japan suddenly get a guilty conscience? (At a 44% approval rating, that’s doubtful) Does the use of the pill, as some claim, really make those numbers fall that drastically? Especially when the number of women actually using the pill is so dismal (4.2% in 2000)?
This led me to find a UN publication on Japanese abortion saying 31% of women surveyed had undergone an abortion. Since the ratio of men to women is about the same in Japan, a population of 127 million would have around 63.5 million women. Divide that by 30 percent and you have 19.05 million abortions! Taking into consideration that many women who have one abortion are known to have multiple abortions after that, there’s no way the government’s statistics for abortion in Japan are correct. Could it be that the same country that continues to insist that the Fukushima situation is “under control” is the same country that hides the real number of abortions going on so that they can look more righteous than they actually are in the eyes of the Western Nations?
I will leave you with some sobering thoughts from Samuel Coleman’s book “Family Planning in Japanese Society.”
According to some, due to under reporting, the actual abortion rate could be higher than the birth rate.
If this is true, it would put Japan at number 1 in the world for abortions and explain why the Japanese population has declined so badly.
God have mercy on the babies. God have mercy on us all.