Behind the Silence is the first in-depth work in any language to explore the diverse perspectives of mainland Chinese regarding induced abortion and fetal life in the context of the world's most ambitious and intrusive family planning program. Through his investigation of public silence, official standpoints, forgotten controversies from the imperial era, popular opinions, women's personal stories, doctors' narratives, and the problem of coerced abortion, Nie Jing-Bao brings to light a surprising range of beliefs concerning fetal life and the morality of abortion, yet finds overall an acceptance of national population policies. China's internal plurality, the author argues, must be taken seriously if the West is to open a fruitful cross-cultural dialogue.
Nie Jing-Bao is senior lecturer at the Bioethics Centre, University of Otago, New Zealand, and adjunct/visiting professor at several Chinese universities. He has published nearly sixty journal articles and book chapters, and is the author of Medical Ethics in China (2006). Another area of his research focuses on Japanese wartime medical atrocities in China.
Chapter 1 Foreword Chapter 2 Introduction Chapter 3 Listening to the Silence: The Absence of Public Debate and Its Meaning Chapter 4 'Instructions' from Above: Official Positions Chapter 5 The Forgotten Controversies: Heritage of Imperial Times Chapter 6 Tidings from the Populace: Consensus and Contention in the Survey Results Chapter 7 Bitterness beyond Words: Women's Narratives Chapter 8 An Inquiry into Coerced Abortion: Sociocultural and Ethical Issues Chapter 8 Fulfilling Discordant Duties: Doctors' Narratives Chapter 9 The Challenge of Cross-Cultural Dialogue: Taking Seriously China's Internal Plu Chapter 10 Appendix: The Pilot Study, the Survey, and the Interviews Chapter 12 References Chapter 13 Acknowledgements