Today is World Children’s Day – “Third Daughter” Saved in China

“Zhilan’s” mom was ready to give her away to strangers, until she talked to our fieldworker!

November 20 is World Children’s Day, commemorating the day in 1959 when the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child.  Today, 61 years later, let us remember that an estimated 200 million women and girls throughout the world are “missing” through sex-selective abortion, abandonment, and fatal neglect.  But we are saving baby girls in China! 

This radiant little girl, Zhilan, is such a girl.  Unfortunately for her, she is the third daughter in her family.  Under China’s Two Child Policy, even second daughters are at risk of being aborted or abandoned.  Too many third daughters like Zhilan are never allowed to see the light of day.  

Zhilan’s family is poor, and did not want a third child, much less a third daughter.  Her mother was afraid of the harsh financial penalties of having a third child under China’s Two Child Policy.   Therefore, the family was thinking about giving Zhilan away to strangers.  They had even found a couple in a nearby city who wanted a daughter.  

But Zhilan’s mother knew that something was wrong, because the thought of giving Zhilan away to strangers broke her heart.  She could not bear the thought of a strange couple coming to take away her little daughter.  In anguish, she did not know what to do. 

Fortunately, one of our fieldworkers heard about Zhilan and visited the family to offer a monthly stipend for a year.  With our encouragement Zhilan’s mother decided to keep her beautiful, third daughter.  With tears in her eyes, she told our fieldworker, “Money is helpful, but this is something bigger than money.  I made the decision that I will raise my daughter myself, because a stranger from far away wants to help her.  Now I see that there is no excuse for me to give her away.” 

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WATCH – Reggie’s Feature Interview – China’s One Child Policy Turns 40

Dear Friends,

Friday, September 25 marked the 40th anniversary of China’s One Child (now Two Child) Policy.  I was truly humbled that the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation chose to interview me in commemoration of this somber anniversary.   The eminent Dr. Adrian Zenz, Senior Research Fellow in China Studies at the VOC, introduced me.  At minute 4:43,  I begin my 25 minute presentation on the atrocities of the Chinese Communist Party, and what we are doing to help, especially with our Save a Girl and Save a Widow campaigns.   Dr. Zenz discusses continuing forced abortion, involuntary sterilization and infanticide against the Uyghurs.  This event is co-sponsored by Women’s Rights Without Frontiers and the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation.  You can watch this powerful interview HERE.

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Chinese Widow Lixue Lost her Husband, her Son, and her Will to Live

“Lixue” was “too sad to live” until our fieldworker gave her hope and help

Lixue is seventy-two years old.  Her husband passed away twenty-eight years ago from lung cancer.  Tragically, her only child, a son, committed suicide in June 2020, at age 26, just one month before our fieldworker found her. We may have saved this precious widow from committing suicide herself.

Lixue has never been to school and she has never traveled outside the town in rural China where she was born. She was infertile, and so adopted her son when she was forty-six years old.  His biological mother ran away when he was one month old. Since Lixue is from a poor family, no one wanted to marry her son. (Because of the sex-selective abortion of baby girls, there is now a great shortage of marriage-age women.  For this reason, a young man’s parents are often expected to provide a home for their son so that he can attract a wife.)  Lixue believes her son killed himself in June because he borrowed too much money in order to attract a girlfriend, and could not pay it back.  Lixue can’t forgive herself, because she had no money to help him. 

When our fieldworker found her, Lixue said she was “too sad to live.”  Was Lixue thinking of committing suicide?  If so, she would not be alone. China has the highest female suicide rate of any country in the world, especially in the rural areas.  Beyond this, the senior suicide rate has skyrocked 500% over the past 20 years, because the One Child Policy has decimated the family structure and left millions of seniors destitute with no children to care for them.

Our fieldworker came to Lixue saying she is a human being deserving of dignity and love.  She also offered Lixue $25 per month in practical support.  Lixue feels comforted, knowing that there are people in the world who care about her enough to visit her every month and give her the financial help she desperately needs to rescue her from abject poverty.

Women’s Rights Without Frontiers is helping Lixue during her time of greatest need, giving her hope and practical help.  With our help, she knows she is loved.  With the $25 a month we give her, she is able to eat better and heat her little room in the cold winter. 

Won’t you help abandoned widows in China? Learn more about our Save a Widow Campaign HERE.

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China’s One Child Policy Turns 40 — Forced Abortion and Infanticide Continue

A victim of late-term forced abortion in China in 2012.

According to an August, 2020 report by Radio Free Asia:

Every hospital had a family-planning unit that was responsible for implementation [of China’s Two-Child Policy] – who had how many kids, when they’d given birth to them – they tracked all of this.  The regulations were so strict:  There had to be three or four years between children.  There were babies born at nine months who we killed after inducing labor.  [Medical staff would] even kill the babies after they’d been born . . . they would kill them and dispose of the body.  They wouldn’t give the baby to the parents – they kill the babies when they’re born.”

This is the statement given to RFA by Hasiyet Abdulla, who worked in several hospitals in the Xinjiang/East Turkistan region of China for 15 years. 

Today marks the 40th anniversary of China’s One-Child (now Two-Child) Policy, the most massive social experiment in human history, responsible for hundreds of millions of forced abortions and sterilizations.  Forced abortion continues under the Two-Child Policy, as third children remain illegal.  Indeed, the same RFA investigation reports that, “According to a June 8 [2020] report published on the official Xinjiang Web news site, an average of 8 million “extra” pregnancies are aborted in China each year.”

This August 17, 2020 report by Radio Free Asia is the third in a trilogy of block-buster investigative reports – one by the Associated Press, the other by Adrian Zenz of the Jamestown Institute, both released in June, 2020 — demonstrating current, widespread use of forced abortion and sterilization by the Chinese Communist Party, against the Uyghur minority Muslim population of Xinjiang. 

Forced abortion, involuntary sterilization and infanticide continue to cause unimaginable suffering in China.  China’s One (now Two) Child Policy has caused more violence against women and girls than any other official policy in human history.  Now, on the 40th anniversary of its inception, we demand that this violence must end.

These reports demonstrate conclusively what I have been saying for years:  coercive population control has continued under the Two Child Policy.  What happened to the Han Chinese under the One Child Policy is happening to the Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities in Xinjiang now.  I believe these atrocities constitute both genocide and crimes against humanity.

Watch the video, “Stop Forced Abortion, China’s War on Women.”

Sign a petition to end forced abortion in China.

Coercive population control in China has also led to the sex-selective abortion of tens of millions of baby girls.  Now, there are an estimated 30 to 40 million more men living in China than women.  This extreme gender imbalance has led to large-scale human trafficking and sexual slavery in China.  Learn more about our Save a Girl Campaign, which has saved hundreds of baby girls in China.

Relatively unknown, however, is another enormous demographic group virtually ignored thus far:  the elderly, especially widows.  To address this, Women’s Rights Without Frontiers launched our Save a Widow Campaign.

WATCH our new video on Saving Widows in China:

China’s current elderly population is 241 million, 17.3 % of the nation’s total population, and rising.  China’s elderly population is set to peak at nearly half a billion, or 35% of the total population, in 2050. 

Sadly, senior suicide is on the rise.  According to a report in the China Daily — a Chinese government–affiliated English language news outlet — the suicide rate of rural Chinese elderly has increased 500% in the past two decades, from 100 to 500 per 100,000.  An abstract in The Lancet stated, “ On average, mortality from suicide in Chinese people aged 65-85 was 2.75-7.08 times that of the general population.”  According to sociologist Liu Yanwu, who studied the issue for six years, “. . . I was more shocked by the lack of concern in villages where the elderly commit suicide . . . It seems that death is nothing to fear, and suicide is a normal, even a happy end.”

In the past, elders were venerated and cared for by their children and grandchildren.  “Filial piety was valued in old China, but many elderly people in rural areas can no longer depend on their children as a result of the great economic and social changes over the past three decades,” continues Liu, “and the pension system fails to compensate . . . In China, farmers are vulnerable, and old farmers are the most vulnerable.”

The studies show that the elderly, especially elderly widows who traditionally have depended on their children to support them in old age, are becoming destitute and so desperate that they are committing suicide.  They are the invisible victims of the demographic disaster caused by the One Child Policy and are in urgent need of help.  For this reason, we launched our Save a Widow Campaign.  We have boots on the ground inside of China, restoring the dignity and giving practical support to abandoned, destitute widows in China to show them someone cares.

To learn more about the Save a Widow Campaign, click here.

To learn more about the Save a Girl Campaign, click here.

Related Links

Xinjiang Hospitals Aborted, Killed Babies Outside Family Planning Limits

China Cuts Uighur Births with IUDs, Abortion, Sterilization

Sterilizations, IUDs and Mandatory Birth Control:  The CCP’s Campaign to Suppress Uighur Birthrates in Xinjiang, By Adrian Zenz

Injury and Suicide in People Aged 60 years and over in China, An Analysis of Nationwide Data

Isolated and Abandoned:  The Heartbreaking Reality of Old Age in Rural China

‘They Ordered Me to Get an Abortion’:  A Chinese Woman’s Ordeal in Xinjiang

Can China Afford Rapid Aging?

Suicide Among Elderly Increases

China’s Elderly Population to Peak at Half a Billion in 2050

China’s Elderly Population Continues to Rise, With 241 Million Now Over 60

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Coercive Population Control in China – Join me online Friday at 11:00 EDT

Dear Friends,

Friday, September 25 is the 40th anniversary of China’s One Child (now Two Child) Policy.  Please join me, and Dr. Adrian Zenz, Senior Research Fellow in China Studies at the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, for an online, virtual conversation commemorating this somber anniversary.  We will discuss the atrocities of the Chinese Communist Party, especially in light of continuing forced abortion, involuntary sterilization and infanticide against the Uyghurs.  This event is co-sponsored by Women’s Rights Without Frontiers and the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation.  Please register to attend virtually HERE.

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Chinese Baby Girl Saved from Sex-Selective Abortion at 6 months

“Jiao” saved from sex-selective abortion at six months

This adorable three-week-old baby girl is “Jiao” (her name has been changed to protect her identity) – and she will never know how hard her brave mother fought to keep her alive.  Jiao’s mother wept as she told our undercover fieldworker her story.

When Jiao’s mother was six months pregnant, she and Jiao’s paternal grandmother went to the hospital together for an ultrasound to determine the baby’s gender.  Jiao’s mother told us that as soon as the doctor announced the baby was a girl, her mother-in-law’s expression changed from expectation to disappointment.  Her paternal grandparents wanted a grandson intensely.  They felt they had lost this grandson when they received the news that Jiao is a girl. Jiao’s paternal grandmother began pressuring Jiao’s mother to abort Jiao, just because she is a girl.  Jiao’s mother courageously refused to abort her daughter.

After Jiao’s birth, without her mother’s consent, the grandmother even found a childless couple who wanted to adopt Jiao.  Jiao’s mother refused to give her daughter up for adoption.  She loves Jiao and is determined to raise her.  

Our fieldworker stepped into this heartbreaking situation with a message of hope and support.  We told Jiao’s mother that of course, girls are as valuable as boys – something women rarely or never hear in rural China.  We also offered her a monthly stipend for a year, to empower her to keep her daughter.  Our encouragement and support are a light in the darkness for Jiao’s mother.  It is our joy and privilege to extend hope and a helping hand to brave women like Jiao’s mother, who are fighting for the lives of their daughters in situations that seem hopeless.

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Int’l Day of Democracy – Socialism Is Hell

“Socialists promise heaven on earth, but always end up giving you a one-way ticket to hell.”  — Jennifer Zeng

“The goal of socialism is communism.”  — Vladimir Lenin

Screenshot of Jennifer Zeng speaking on Capitol Hill in October, 2019.  Subtitles by Breitbart.

September 15 is the International Day of Democracy – a day when those of us fortunate enough to live in a democratic society celebrate breathing the air of free speech, freedom of religion, self government and the rule of law. 

Too often, socialism is held up as an ideal, even in the United States.  My colleague, Jennifer Zeng, is a courageous survivor of a Chinese labor camp.  She describes the truth about socialism.  The Chinese Communist Party forcibly aborted Jennifer’s second child under the One Child Policy.  Then, they burst into her home in the middle of the night and detained her.  When she asked why, the police officer answered, “Because of your thought.”

Jennifer, a survivor of “socialism with Chinese characteristics” – communism – tells the story of being detained and tortured brutally in a labor camp because of her religious beliefs.  On her first day, she and others were forced to squat with their hands behind their heads, looking at their feet, for 15 hours, in the baking sun.  Anyone who fainted was shocked awake with electric batons.

Jennifer says that “Every day was a struggle between life and death.”  She says that the slave labor in the camp was used to make products sold all over the world, including in the United States.  She says that she and others were forced to submit to blood tests, the results of which would go into a database for forced organ donation, in which innocent people were killed to harvest their organs for transplant.

Anyone who thinks socialism is a good idea should watch this video.   It is just four minutes long.  Socialism makes promises that sound noble, but in reality, it delivers crushing pain.  Man-made famines, thought police, inescapable surveillance, forced abortion and sterilization, forced organ harvesting and so many more crimes against humanity have brutalized the Chinese people for more than 70 years. Those of us who live in a democracy must commit ourselves to never let this evil form of government take hold of our land.

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WATCH: Reggie Discusses Forced Abortion in Xinjiang, China

Dear Friend,

I am grateful to Ireland’s Pro-Life Campaign for interviewing me about our work in China, and especially about the human rights atrocities the Chinese Communist Party is committing against the Uyghur women in Xinjiang/East Turkistan.  These include forced abortion, forced sterilization and infanticide.  The world needs to know about this!  We also discuss forced abortion in the United States as well.  Click HERE to watch to this compelling interview!

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Chen Guangcheng speaking at RNC August 26, 2020

“The CCP is an enemy of humanity.  It is terrorizing its own people, and it is threatening the well-being of the world.” – Chen Guangcheng at the RNC

True to character, activist Chen Guangcheng did not pull any punches in his speech at the Republican National Convention.   Read the full transcript HERE.  When he exposed the widespread use of forced abortion and sterilization in Linyi, China, he was jailed and tortured for years.  The CCP failed to break his spirit, and he continues his valiant activism from, in his words, “the United States, where we are now free.”

Having Chen speak at the Convention was a bold move.  It sends a clear message that the United States will no longer kowtow to Beijing and practice appeasement diplomacy.  The current administration has taken strong action for human rights in China, including standing with the people of Hong Kong and the Uyghur Muslims, who are current victims of the CCP’s forced abortion and sterilization policy.  The Convention has given an important national platform to Chen – the world’s most heroic opponent of forced abortion under the One Child Policy in China. 

Congressman Chris Smith and Reggie wear sunglasses to free Chen Guangcheng on Capitol Hill in December, 2011

Seeing Chen speak at the Convention was a profound experience for me personally, since I spent years traveling the world to raise the visibility of his case while he was in prison.  You can watch our “Free Chen Guangcheng” video HERE.  We translated and released his  searing report of forced abortions and presented it at a Congressional hearing HERE.  We worked with Chinese activists to create an international Sunglasses Campaign to press for his release.  The day before it became public that he had escaped house arrest, I was advocating on his behalf at the Dail (Irish Legislature).   A group of activists protested on his behalf in front of the Chinese Embassy in Dublin. 

Reggie and others protest for the release of Chen Guangcheng at the Chinese Embassy in Dublin, April 2012

The day Chen arrived safely in the United States was one of the most thrilling days of my life.  Meeting him and his wife for the first time was unforgettable.  To see him now, addressing the nation and indeed the world in such a powerful way is almost surreal.  Congratulating him warmly over the phone last night, I reflected how I had once said, “I would have crawled halfway around the world to see him while he was under house arrest.”

Reggie and Chen Guangcheng shortly after his arrival in the United States in May of 2012
Chen joins Congressman Chris Smith and Reggie to speak at The Heritage Foundation, October 9, 2014

May Chen’s message ring loud and clear.  The United States must continue to challenge – not appease — China on its human rights record.  Freedom in China, and indeed in the world, depend on it.


Chen Guangcheng’s Speech at the RNC — Transcript and Link

Screenshot of Chen Guangcheng Speaking at Republican National Convention August 26, 2020


Greetings.  My name is Chen Guangcheng. 

Standing up to tyranny is not easy.  I know.  When I spoke out against China’s One Child Policy and other injustices, I was persecuted, beaten, sent to prison, and put under house arrest by the Chinese Communist Party – the CCP.   In April 2012, I escaped and was given shelter in the American Embassy in Beijing.  I am forever grateful to the American people for welcoming me and my family to the United States where we are now free. 

The CCP is an enemy of humanity.  It is terrorizing its own people, and it is threatening the well-being of the world.  In China expressing beliefs or ideas not approved by the CCP – religion, democracy, human rights – can lead to prison.  The nation lives under mass surveillance and censorship.  The United States must use its values of freedom, democracy, and the rule of law to gather a coalition of other democracies to stop CCP’s aggression.  President Trump has led on this, and we need the other countries to join him in this fight – a fight for our future.

Standing up to fight unfairness isn’t easy.  I know.  So does President Trump.  But he has shown the courage to lead that fight.  We need to support, vote, and fight for President Trump for the sake of the world.

Thank you.

LINK: Watch Chen Guangcheng’s Speech Here:

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