FREE LIU XIA! — An Open Letter from Chen Guangcheng, Yuan Weijing and Reggie Littlejohn to President Trump, Secretary Tillerson, Ambassador Branstad, and Members of the United States Congress

Dec. 6, 2012, Liu Xia poses with a photo of her husband, 2010 Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo, during an interview at her home in Beijing. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)

Dear President Trump, Secretary Tillerson, Ambassador Branstad and Members of the U.S. Congress:

“Liu Xia is free” state Chinese authorities. She has not, however, been seen since the July 15 sea burial of her husband, 2010 Nobel Peace Prize Winner Liu Xiaobo. Friends and even her lawyer do not know where she is. The international community is growing increasingly concerned about her health and well-being.

I recently had dinner with activist Chen Guangcheng, his wife Yuan Weijing, and their family. Of course, much of the conversation centered on the death of Liu Xiaobo and the plight of his widow, Liu Xia. We are all very worried about Liu Xia and urge you and the international community to call for her release. Chen Guangcheng understands what Liu Xiaobo may have experienced while in prison. Yuan Weijing knows the anguish of the wife of a jailed prisoner of conscience. I include their remarks at their request and with their permission.

Chen Guangcheng: “I believe they may have taken Liu Xia to a black jail. Under the dictatorship, any place can serve as a black jail: a hotel, a basement, an organization’s office. The point is to control a person’s location and to cut them off from communication with the outside world. I do not believe they are treating her well. I remember when I was in a black jail. It was a small room. Four guards were with me all the time. They even followed me into the bathroom. I believe they are keeping Liu Xia in a black jail to pressure other activists, to show them that they will persecute their families, even after they die. But the brutality of the Chinese Communist Party will have the opposite effect. Many people are turning against the Party. They used to want to help the Party improve. Now, they say that talking to the Party is like talking to a cow. The Party cannot understand.

 “The Party has been persecuting innocent people for decades, but now people are beginning to understand the true situation. The Party can control the media, but they cannot control the Internet. Now people are beginning to understand that the suffering in China is caused by the control exerted by the regime, and the lies and propaganda promoted through the state-controlled media.”

Yuan Weijing: “I have an idea of what Liu Xia has been experiencing. For the four years that Guangcheng was in prison, I thought constantly of him. Every time I ate, I wondered if he was getting enough to eat. If it was cold outside, I wondered if he was cold. If it was hot, I wondered if he was hot.  At night, memories of our whole life together before his arrest would play in my mind like a movie. I could not sleep, wondering if he was being beaten or interrogated, or if he was sick and being denied medical treatment. I was very worried that I would never see him again, that our children would grow up without their father.

 “During these years, I was under constant surveillance and my movements were restricted. When I was allowed to go out of the house, I was followed. Sometimes the guards did not let me out of the house at all. Every night, thugs surrounded the house and shined a flashlight through my bedroom window every 10 to 15 minutes. They would talk loudly outside the room where I was trying to sleep. If I had a conversation on the phone, they would try to overhear the conversation. In the morning, I could see where their boots matted the earth outside my bedroom window. Sometimes they took my phone away.

 “They encouraged me to divorce Guangcheng, saying ‘You are so young. Other women wear pretty dresses and make-up. Why don’t you divorce Guangcheng, go back to your family and start a new life?’ I told them, ‘Guangcheng has not done anything wrong. You are doing something wrong by putting him in jail. I will wait for him.’ Did they encourage Liu Xia to divorce Liu Xiaobo during his long prison term? We may never know, but I would not be surprised if they did, as this is a common practice of the Party, both to break the activist and his wife.

 “I was supposed to see Guangcheng every month, but I was only allowed to see him five times in the four years he was in prison. Once, his hair had been cut off. I asked him why. He didn’t say anything, but his face was sad. I found out later that he had been beaten. He was thin and I saw that they were not giving him enough to eat. I felt so sad but did not want to cry in front of him. After I left the prison, I cried very hard and called an activist friend to ask him to spread news about Guangcheng so we could get more help from the international community. After I did this, the guards jammed my phone and would not let me leave the house.

 “So I can understand the reports that Liu Xia has battled depression. I’m sure she was very worried about her husband, and rightly so. I can only imagine her devastation at Liu Xiaobo’s tragic death. I was fortunate that my husband made it out alive.”

Liu Xia is a poet and writer. She has been under illegal house arrest since her husband was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010, without being charged with a crime or any due process of law. She reportedly suffers from depression and was hospitalized for a heart attack in 2014. Now, she has disappeared. We are concerned for her health and well-being – even her very survival.

We urgently request that you make it a top diplomatic priority to call for all restrictions on Liu Xia be lifted immediately, that she would be able to communicate with family, friends, her lawyer and the media, and that she would be allowed to travel outside of China, if she wishes, for medical treatment or for any other reason.

We support the letter from the chair and co-chair of The Congressional-Executive Commission on China, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and U.S. Representative Chris Smith (R-NJ) in their request that U.S. Ambassador to China Terry Branstad invite Liu Xia to meet with him in the Embassy in Beijing.

We ask that President Trump and the ranking members of the appropriate congressional committees identify those responsible for the death of Liu Xiaobo and the extrajudicial house arrest of Liu Xia and utilize the Global Magnitsky Act to impose entry and property sanctions upon these persons.

Finally, Chinese authorities ordered that Liu Xiaobo be cremated and that his remains be scattered in the ocean. This move has been criticized by activists and friends as a way to prevent the creation of a pilgrimage site for those who want to honor Liu’s memory and carry on his work for freedom and democracy in China. We call upon the U.S. Government to create a memorial to Liu in Washington, D.C. Such a memorial might be appropriate as part of the Victims of Communism Memorial, which is a replica of the “Goddess of Democracy” statue destroyed on Tiananmen Square, as Liu was a leader of the Tiananmen Square movement.

Liu Xiaobo and Liu Xia have both been heroes in standing for truth. It cost Liu Xiaobo his life. May Liu Xia, through your decisive intervention, be spared this tragic end.

Respectfully yours,

Chen Guangcheng

Yuan Weijing

Reggie Littlejohn, President

Women’s Rights Without Frontiers

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Blind Activist Chen Guangcheng – Personal Reflections on the Fifth Anniversary of his Arrival in the United States

Reggie with Chen Guangcheng after his arrival in the U.S.

May 19 marks the five-year anniversary of Chen Guangcheng’s arrival in the United States. WRWF President Reggie Littlejohn advocated tirelessly for Chen’s release from 2008 until his 2012 release and led an international coalition to free him. What follows are her personal reflections at the time of this anniversary.

May 19, 2012 was perhaps the most exciting day of my life. After years of non-stop international advocacy, several emergency Congressional hearings (called by Rep. Chris Smith, without whose dedicated efforts Chen would likely never have made it to the United States), weeks of struggle with the Chinese government and several sleepless nights, I was standing at the Newark airport, waiting for the arrival of the man whose plight had become the central focus of my life.

My heart went out to Chen Guangcheng the first time I read of him. Blinded by an illness at age three, he and his wife, Yuan Weijing, had displayed almost supernatural courage and compassion, documenting at great risk to themselves a pattern of brutal forced abortions and sterilizations in Linyi, where they lived. Women were being dragged out of their homes, strapped to tables and forced to abort babies they wanted up to the ninth month of pregnancy. Whole villages were fleeing to sleep in the surrounding fields to hide from Family Planning Police. Relatives of an illegally pregnant woman in hiding were being detained and tortured.

Chen was detained and then placed under severe house arrest for years for exposing these atrocities, and the Chinese government heavily persecuted his entire, extended family, detaining and torturing them as well.

Now, five years after first setting foot on U.S. soil, Chen and his family are living safely in the Washington, D.C. area. His home is filled with light and life. He and Weijing just had their third child, a beautiful boy who is the joy of the family. Chen continues his advocacy and has invited me to collaborate with him. We have appeared together on Voice of America, spoken together at the Heritage Foundation, testified together at Congress.

Every time I go to see his family, it still feels like an impossible dream come true. One of the greatest heroes of the twenty-first century, a man whose courage I cannot begin to comprehend much less imitate, is now my good friend. I can only respond with humility and gratitude.

And yet, five years after Chen’s arrival in the United States, and despite his passionate advocacy to end it, coercive population control in China remains. China has shifted from a One Child Policy to a Two Child Policy. This modification was presented by the Chinese government as an “abandonment” of the One Child Policy, implying that all coercive population control had ended. No so. Unmarried women and women pregnant with a third child still face forced abortion. The sex-selective abortion and abandonment of baby girls continues, especially for second daughters.

The fight continues. But now, instead of fighting the lonely battle for Chen’s life and freedom on the other side of the world, I have the honor of facing the battle shoulder to shoulder with him – with one of the greatest human rights champions the world has ever known, someone I honor and admire more than words can ever say.

 

 

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Help Us “Save a Girl” in China for Mother’s Day!

Hui Zhong, saved by WRWF’s Save a Girl Campaign

This Mother’s Day, honor your mother by helping us save girls in China – girls like little Hui-Zhong!

Look at this sweet and innocent face! This is “Hui-Zhong” (not her real name), two months old. With help from our “Save a Girl” Campaign, she will grow up to know just how bravely her mother fought for her.

She is a third daughter, even more unwanted than a second daughter. When Hui-Zhong’s mother was pregnant, everyone assumed that this baby would be a boy. Instead of celebrating when Hui-Zong was born, her grandmother wanted her gone and told Hui-Zhong’s mother she had to “give her away.” Sometimes this means finding a childless couple to take your daughter. Sometimes this means leaving your daughter in a field to die. Hui-Zhong’s grandmother cursed at her mother and treated her harshly. She was angry that she had three granddaughters and no grandsons.

Then on top of this, their village leader discovered that Hui-Zhong’s mother was pregnant with an illegal third baby! He threatened Hui-Zhong’s mother that she needed to pay him $500 – impossible for this poor village family — to keep the baby a secret from the Family Planning Police. If the Family Planning Police found out about this third child, at best, the family would have to pay an even greater fine. Because they could not pay, they might even face forced abortion or involuntary sterilization.

Hui-Zhong’s mother did not know what to do.   But still, she bravely refused to “give away” her precious daughter. Hui-Zhong’s mother resorted to hiding her daughter.

Luckily, a Women’s Rights Without Frontiers’ (WRWF) undercover fieldworker discovered Hui-Zhong’s mother. Our fieldworker told her that we are helping mothers keep their daughters because girls are just as good as boys. This is a powerful message in the Chinese countryside, one that most people have never heard. Our fieldworker offered Hui-Zhong’s mother a monthly stipend for a year to empower her to keep her daughter. With the help of this stipend, Hui-Zhong’s mother is raising Hui-Zhong.

Our “Save a Girl” program saved Hui-Zhong’s life. Hui-Zhong’s mother said even though we are strangers, we help her while her fellow Chinese neighbors only make her life more difficult.

This Mother’s Day, will you honor your mother by helping save baby girls in China?

What better way of expressing gratitude for the mother in your life than by rescuing a woman and a girl in China?

Step 1: Donate $25 or more – the amount of money it takes to help support a girl saved in China for one month

Step 2: Indicate in the notes section of your donation the mother you wish to honor, and her email address. We will send her an email to let her know you have given a donation in her honor to our “Save a Girl” Campaign.

Will you help us save women and girls in China? Become a “GirlSaver!”
Won’t you help us save more girls like Hui-Zhong? So far, we have saved hundreds of girls, and yet there are millions more who are being aborted or abandoned just because they are girls. Each one of these girls is infinitely precious. Please help us save them by donating to our “Save a Girl” Campaign.

Learn more about how you can help to save girls here:
http://womensrightswithoutfrontiers.org/index.php?nav=give
For $25 per month, or $300 per year, our GirlSavers have helped WRWF save at-risk babies in China, babies like Hui-Zhong, who may not be alive if our undercover fieldworker had not met her mother and assured her that little girls are as special as boys. We put our money where our mouth is, offering practical assistance to empower these mothers to keep their daughters.

 

 

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Celebrate New Life By Helping Save Girls in China

Huiqing’s” mother resisted forced abortion and is able to keep her daughter with WRWF’s help

This is “Huiqing,” a one month old baby girl, born in a remote village in China.  Who wouldn’t love this adorable baby?  We hope she will never know the firestorm of controversy that her birth brought to her family – all because she was conceived without a “Birth Permit” — and then born, not a boy, but a girl.

You see, Huiqing was conceived under China’s brutal One Child Policy.  She has an older brother, so her family was not allowed to have another child.  Her parents did not have a “birth permit” for her.  She was an “illegal child,” subject to forced abortion.  Her parents thought she was a boy, and so bribed the village leader not to report their illegal pregnancy to the Family Planning Police.

Then, China announced its new “Two Child Policy,” so Huiqing’s parents thought they were safe.  But in many areas, children conceived under the One Child Policy were not grandfathered in under the Two Child Policy.  They remain illegal!

After Huiqing was born, out of the blue, Family Planning Police arrived at the home of her parents and ordered her mother to be sterilized.  Under the Two Child Policy, women are routinely sterilized after their second child – to prevent them from having a third child.  These forced sterilizations are not carried out by highly trained gynecological surgeons.  People with very little training often butcher women in the remote villages.

Huiqing’s father wanted another son.  If Huiqing’s mother were sterilized, this would be impossible.  So Huiquing’s father began to pressure her mother to “give her away” to avoid the sterilization.  This sometimes means finding a childless couple to adopt her.  It sometimes means leaving her in a field to die.

Huiqing’s brave mother would not accept the pressure from her husband or the Chinese government.  She wanted desperately to keep her daughter, who brought her much happiness.  But she did not know what to do or where to turn.

Thankfully, a Women’s Rights Without Frontiers’ (WRWF) undercover fieldworker found Huiqing’s mother before it was too late.  Our fieldworker told her that we are helping mothers keep their girls because girls are just as good as boys.  Our fieldworker offered Huiqing’s mother a monthly stipend for a year to empower her to keep her daughter.  With the help of this stipend, Huiqing’s mother is defying the pressure from the Chinese government and her husband and is raising Huiqing on her own.  She told our fieldworker that if WRWF can help her, she will survive on her own.  Nothing is more important to her than to stay with her baby daughter.

It is such an honor to help brave women like Huiqing’s mother!  And you have a unique opportunity to help as well!

Will you help us save women and girls in China? Become a “GirlSaver”!

Won’t you help us save more girls like Huiqing?   We have saved hundreds of girls, and yet there are millions more who are being aborted or abandoned just because they are girls. Some baby girls are born to families so poor that their health is at risk.  Each one of these girls is infinitely precious.  Please help us save them by donating to our “Save a Girl” Campaign.

Learn more about how you can help to save girls here: http://womensrightswithoutfrontiers.org/index.php?nav=give

You can give a one-time donation in any amount.  Or $25 per month, or $300 per year, our GirlSavers have helped WRWF save at-risk babies in China, babies like Huiqing, who would likely not be alive if one of our undercover fieldworkers had not met her mother and assured her that little girls are as special as boys. We put our money where our mouth is, offering practical assistance to empower these mothers to keep their daughters.

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Victory! Trump defunds UNFPA

Reggie Littlejohn has advocated defunding UNFPA since 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. The Trump administration has announced that it will cut off U.S. funding for the United Nations Population Fund, on the basis that the UNFPA’s activities in China are complicit with that nation’s coercive population control program, the implementation of which includes forced abortion and involuntary sterilization.

Reggie Littlejohn, founder and president of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, stated, “We are thrilled that the U.S. is no longer funding forced abortion and involuntary sterilization in China.  The blood of Chinese women and babies will no longer be on our hands. My very first press release, in 2009, was entitled “You Are Funding Forced Abortions in China.” I have consistently advocated for the defunding of UNFPA over the years, most recently just a couple of weeks ago at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.

“My message at the UNCSW was that The United States Secretary of State should investigate and evaluate UNFPA’s activities in China, and the President should de-fund them under the Kemp-Kasten Amendment, which ‘prohibits funding for any organization or program that, as determined by the President, supports or participates in the management of a program of coercive abortion or involuntary sterilization.’

Littlejohn continued, “The UNFPA clearly supports China’s population control program, which they know is coercive. Under China’s One (now Two) Child Policy, women have been forcibly aborted up to the ninth month of pregnancy. Some of these forced abortions have been so violent that the women themselves have died, along with their full term babies. There have been brutal forced sterilizations as well, butchering women and leaving them disabled. Where was the outcry from the UNFPA? In my opinion, silence in the face of such atrocities is complicity.   Dr. Martin Luther King once said, ‘In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.’ The UNFPA’s silence in the face of decades of forced abortion has been a sword in the wombs of millions of women and babies of China. I rejoice with them that the foot of the UNFPA is finally off of their necks.”

UNFPA has been found to be complicit with coercive population control in China in the past. The agency denies that it is complicit with forced abortion. According to a Washington Times report, however, UNFPA’s former head, Dr. Nafis Sadik was awarded the Population Prize Award by the Chinese State Family Planning Commission in 2002.

In her acceptance speech in Beijing, Dr. Sadik praised China’s population control program. “Looking back, I feel a great sense of pride for the Chinese Government and people for their support to UNFPA and to me, personally, I also feel proud that UNFPA made the wise decision to resist external pressures and continued its fruitful cooperation with China,” she said. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/feb/18/family-planning-funding-spotlights-china/?page=all

“This victory belongs to all who worked so hard over the years to bring it about, including Congressman Chris Smith, Marie Smith, the Population Research Institute and Human Live International.  But above all, it belongs to the women and babies of China.” concluded Littlejohn.

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Reggie Littlejohn to United Nations: Forced Abortion Continues in China; Investigate and Defund UNFPA

Reggie Littlejohn stands before the UNCSW 61 banner at the United Nations in New York. Credit: Fiona Basile

NEW YORK.   Women’s Rights Without Frontiers has hosted its first event – entitled, “Femicide, Trafficking and Reproductive Violence Against Women and Girls” — at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW).  WRWF Founder and President, Reggie Littlejohn, discussed reports that forced abortion of third children and single women, as well as the conditions that give rise to the sex-selective abortion of baby girls, continue under the two-child policy.

Reggie Littlejohn with co-panelists Rebecca Oas of C-FAM (left) and Arina Grossu of FRC (right). Credit: Fiona Basile

One of Littlejohn’s recommendations regarding how the UN can help the women and babies of China is by investigating UNFPA’s activities in China, demanding transparency, and in the case of a lack of cooperation, defunding UNFPA.  Littlejohn states:  “The United States Secretary of State should investigate and evaluate UNFPA’s activities in China, and the President should de-fund them under the Kemp-Kasten Amendment, which ‘prohibits funding for any organization or program that, as determined by the President, supports or participates in the management of a program of coercive abortion or involuntary sterilization.’

UNFPA has been found to be complicit with coercive population control in China in the past, and I have no doubt that any unbiased investigation would find them complicit again.  I have long advocated for the defunding of UNFPA.  The U.S. cut off funding to UNFPA in 2002 because an investigation, headed by then Secretary of State Colin Powell, found that UNFPA was complicit with the Chinese Family Planning officials in coercive implementation of China’s one-child policy.  The Obama administration restored this funding.  The UNCSW – as the advocate for women’s rights within the United Nations – should press relentlessly on the UNFPA to be fully transparent and accountable regarding its ‘family planning’ activities in China.  I believe that any independent, unbiased investigation into UNFPA’s activities in China will lead to the inescapable conclusion that they are complicit with China’s population control practices, which include forced abortion and involuntary sterilization.  To the extent that the global community is funding the UNFPA, the blood of Chinese women and babies is on our hands.” 

Baby saved by WRWF’s Save a Girl Campaign. Photo courtesy of WRWF.

Littlejohn also recommended that the Chinese government implement a program to save baby girls, similar to the WRWF’s successful “Save a Girl” Campaign.  She stated, “Women’s Rights Without Frontiers has found our ‘Save a Girl’ Campaign to be highly effective in saving the lives of baby girls in China and enabling mothers to keep their daughters.  When our network in China learns of a woman who is being pressured to abort or abandon her baby girl, or whose family is so poor that her daughter is at risk, a fieldworker will go to her door and offer encouragement and practical support, saying, ‘Don’t abort or abandon your baby girl.  She is a precious daughter and will bring you much joy!  We will offer you monthly support for a year to enable you to keep your daughter.’  We have saved hundreds of baby girls this way in our small area of China, and would encourage the Chinese government to implement such a program nationwide, to address China’s pressing gendercide issue.”

Read Littlejohn’s complete Remarks here.  

The panel also featured Arina Grossu of the Family Research Council, whose topic was “Sex Trafficking and its Relation to Pornography, Violence and Abortion”; and Rebecca Oas of C-FAM, whose topic was “Distortions in the Data: Ensuring Women’s Priorities Count in the SDG Indicators.”  Attendance was standing room only.

 

 

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Reggie Littlejohn’s Remarks at the United Nations re: Femicide, Trafficking and Reproductive Violence Against Women and Girls

Reggie Littlejohn in front of the UNCSW 61 banner. Credit: Fiona Basile

On March 23, WRWF  hosted a panel discussion at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW).  The panel was entitled, “Femicide, Trafficking and Reproductive Violence Agains Women and Girls.”  Also featured on the panel were Arina Grossu of the Family Research Council and Rebecca Oas of C-FAM.  Reggie Littlejohn delivered a condensed version of the following Remarks.

Forced Abortion and Gendercide Under

China’s Two-Child Policy

Remarks by Reggie Littlejohn

Femicide, Trafficking and Reproductive Violence

Against Women and Girls

Hosted by Women’s Rights Without Frontiers

United Nations Commission on the Status of Women

March 23, 2017

Honored guests, I would like to begin by thanking the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women for giving us the opportunity to dispel the major misconceptions that have arisen since China shifted from a One Child to a Two Child Policy at the beginning of 2016. While I have spoken many times at the UNCSW, this is the first time Women’s Rights Without Frontiers has been selected to host our own event. We must remember the millions of women, children and families whose lives have been destroyed and continue to be destroyed by coercive population control in China.

China Has “Prevented” 400 Million Lives through the One (now Two) Child Policy; 336 million abortions, 196 Million sterilizations

The Chinese Communist Party has boasted that it has “prevented” over 400 million lives. In March 2013, it revealed it has conducted more than half a billion birth control procedures, including 336 million abortions and 196 million sterilizations.

One statistic the CCP never discloses is how many of these abortions were forced. Of these 336 million abortions, how many women were dragged out of their homes, strapped to tables and forced to abort babies that they want, up to the ninth month of pregnancy? How many women died as a result of these violent procedures? And of these 336 million abortions, how many were selectively aborted because they were girls?

Another statistic the CCP never discloses is how many of the 196 million sterilizations were forced? In April of 2010, in Puning City, Guangdong Province, family planning officials set out to sterilize 9,559 people. Those who refused were detained, along with their family members. Forced sterilization is a crime against humanity.

Such large statistics boggle the mind and mask the hundreds of millions of individual broken lives caused by this brutal Policy, such as Feng Jianmei, who was forcibly aborted at seven months in June 2012. In February 2013 she gave an interview in which she said that her family was still being harassed by authorities. She had to relocate 600 miles from her family to get away from the painful memories.

Forced abortion and involuntary sterilization are violence against women. Women’s Rights Without Frontiers calls upon President Xi Jinping to end this state-sponsored crime against humanity. China will not be free until the women of China are free.

2016 Revealed China’s Annual Abortion Statistic is not 13 but 23 Million

According to the 2015 State Department China Human Rights Country Report, released in 2016, the estimated number of abortions in China has increased from 13 to 23 million a year. In the past, the Chinese government reported 13 million abortions a year. The 2015 State Department Report noted that according to official Chinese sources, “The number of abortions performed is believed to be higher,” because the statistics in the past were collected only from registered medical institutions and did not include abortions at unregistered clinics. The State Department Report states that an “official [Chinese] news media outlet” has reported that “at least an additional 10 million chemically induced abortions were performed in non-governmental facilities.”

Adding abortions at official and unofficial facilities results in 23 million abortions a year. 23 million abortions a year comes to 63,013 abortions a day, 2625 abortions an hour, 43 per minute. The United States population is about 320 million, with about 1 million abortions per year. The population of China is almost 1.4 billion, with about 23 million abortions per year. Therefore China, with four times the population of the United States, has 23 times the number of abortions.

According to the State Department Report, the Chinese government did not provide a statistic on how many of these abortions were forced.

Forced Abortion Continues Under China’s Two-Child Policy

2016 began with the deceptive announcement by the Chinese Communist Party that it had “abandoned” or “scrapped” the One Child Policy. This language is misleading, as it give the impression that forced abortion and coercive population control have ended in China. Nothing could be further from the truth. To the contrary, both forced abortion of unmarried women and of third children continues. Further, the sex-selective abortion of baby girls continues.

For example, a couple, surnamed Zhong, in August of this year were forced to choose between an abortion at eight months or the loss of both of their government jobs.   In a separate incident, He Liping was forced either to pay an impossible “terror fine” of $39,000 or face abortion at six months.

A May 4, 2016, BBC article entitled ‘Reinventing China’s Abortion Police,’ discusses a small collaborative project by Stanford University and Shaanxi Normal University to repurpose 69 Family Planning Officials — apparently on the assumption that they are no longer needed now that China has moved to a two-child policy. In this article, a Chinese Communist Party official unwittingly admits that coercive population control continues in China.

The article follows one Family Planning Official, Li Bo, who has been “reinvented” from “hunt[ing] down families suspected of violating the country’s draconian rules on how many children couples can have” into a rubber duckie squeezing, nursery rhyme singing “Chinese Father Christmas,” complete with “a bag full of toys and picture books.”

Has his job really been “reinvented,” or is he really a member of the womb police, masquerading as “Chinese Father Christmas” — the new face of China’s Family Planning Police? Buried deep in the article is the following account of the dark side of Li Bo’s job – an important piece of original reporting by the BBC:

Since the start of 2016, all Chinese couples have been allowed two children. But they can have no more than that unless they are from ethnic minorities – so Li Bo still spends some of his time working as a birth-control enforcer. In the town’s health clinic he is busy screening local women. All women of childbearing age have check-ups four times a year to ensure they’re healthy . . . and to see if they are pregnant. . . But Li is also a loyal Communist party official who believes the state knows best and society’s needs are greater than those of individuals. So he is matter-of-fact about the unpleasant task of telling women who couldn’t afford the fine to terminate their pregnancies. “People didn’t swear at us but they probably did behind our backs,” he says. “It’s natural because we were carrying out the law and they were breaking it so it is just like the clash between a policeman and a thief.” He adds that as long as restrictions are in place, such clashes will continue.

From these words, uttered by a Chinese Communist Family Planning Official, we learn that:

  1. Coercive pregnancy screening continues. Under the Two-Child Policy, Family Planning Police continue to screen women of child-bearing age for illegal pregnancy four times a year.
  2. Forced abortion continues. It is still illegal for single women to have babies in China, and for couples to have third children. It appears that some may be given an opportunity to pay a fine, but Li Bo tells “those who couldn’t afford the fine to terminate their pregnancies.” In other words, if a woman is illegally pregnant and cannot pay the fine – which can be as much as ten times her annual salary – she is forced to abort. Forced abortion, therefore, continues under the Two-Child Policy.
  3. Women pregnant without permission are considered criminals. Li Bo’s statement that women who are pregnant without permission “were breaking it [the law] so it is just like the clash between a policeman and a thief” demonstrates that such pregnancies are still considered illegal; and illegally pregnant women are regarded lawbreakers deserving of punishment, just like thieves.
  4. Forced abortion continues to cause unrest. Li Bo is correct in adding that “as long as restrictions are in place, such clashes will continue.” This statement is an admission that these clashes – often resulting in forced abortion – continue to this day, due to the two-child restrictions.

In a triumph of investigative journalism, on October 28, 2016, the BBC has released a Report, “China’s forbidden babies still an issue,” confirming that under the Two-Child Policy, forced abortion remains a threat for women pregnant with a third child.

In this Report, John Sudworth, the BBC’s Beijing Correspondent, interviews the father of a family in hiding because his wife has just given birth to their third child. The Report describes the man as “anxious and on edge, but still determined to tell his story.” The father told the BBC, “A third baby is not allowed, so we are renting a home away from our village. The local government carries out pregnancy examinations every three months. If we weren’t in hiding, they would have forced us to have an abortion.” (Emphasis added.)

The family was able to escape forced abortion by going into hiding, but when they come out, they will face a fine that could be as large as ten times their annual salary. “We don’t have the money for the fine.   We just don’t know what to do,” the father told the BBC. He does not, however, regret his decision. “When I look at our new baby, I feel happy.”

Sudworth aimed to discover what the policy shift from one to two children per couple means in practice. “And what we have discovered,” he concludes, “suggests that the brutal machinery of enforcement is still in place along with the Chinese state’s insistence on the right of control over women’s wombs.”

This powerful report confirms what I have been saying all along: the new two-child policy will not end forced abortion. As blind activist Chen Guangcheng succinctly tweeted:

This [new two-child policy] is nothing to be happy about. First the #CCP would kill any baby after one. Now they will kill any baby after two. #ChinaOneChildPolicy

Under the Two-Child Policy, a woman’s body remains in the domain of the State. The entire infrastructure of coercion remains in force, with forced pregnancy examinations every three to six months.

My heart goes out to this family, compelled to go into hiding, becoming fugitives, all to avoid the forced abortion of their third child.   They are caught between the joy of holding their new baby in their arms and the fear of what will happen to them when they come out of hiding, since they cannot pay the fine. Who knows whether they will lose their jobs as well, becoming destitute – all this to give birth to their children, which is a human right.

Sudworth also visited the local family planning center, where he asked a senior official whether forced abortions had been carried out in the operating rooms there. The official replied, “Very few,” and then added, none for “at least 10 years.”

Sudworth reflected, “Where else in the world would you find a government official admitting that his colleagues have kidnapped, drugged and forcibly operated on women, no matter how long ago? Where else would the qualifier ‘very few’ be considered an acceptable alternative to an outright denial?”

Sudworth’s colleague then called several family planning centers and spoke to officials at random. She pretended to be pregnant with her third child and asked how she might keep it. All the officials stated that she would have to pay a fine. Such fines can reach ten times a person’s annual income. Inability to pay such fines has led many women to abort a child they would otherwise want.

Beyond this, some of the officials went further, “engaging in coercive home visits with the aim of ‘persuading’ women to have abortions,” according to the BBC Report. One official told Sudworth’s colleague, “If you’re reported to us, then we’ll find you and we’ll persuade you not to give birth to that baby.”   Another official said, “We’ll definitely find you and persuade you to do an abortion.” When asked if a woman could have a third child and then pay the fine, a third official stated, “No. You just can’t.”

The official’s statement, ‘If you’re reported to us . . .’ indicates that the system of informants remains under the two-child policy.   ‘Illegally pregnant’ women have been reported to family planning police by their neighbors, co-workers, supervisors and people in their villages who are paid just to watch women to see if anyone looks pregnant. The official’s statement, ‘If you’re reported to us . . .’ indicates that this Orwellian system of informants remains in place under the two-child policy.

The statement by the officials, ‘. . . we’ll definitely find you and persuade you to do an abortion’ indicates that the Chinese government continues to conduct search and destroy missions, searching for ‘illegally pregnant’ women to destroy their desperately wanted babies. This happened to Feng Jianmei and Wujian, both of whom were dragged out of hiding and forcibly aborted. And what does the word ‘persuade’ mean here? Does it mean forcing a woman to ink her fingerprint on a consent document, like they did to Feng Jianmei?

I applaud the brilliant investigative journalism of John Sudworth and his colleague, and the courage of the BBC to publish his Report,” concluded Littlejohn. “It is extremely difficult to find people willing to speak to the western media about the continuation of forced abortion in China, because of harsh retaliation of the Chinese government against them personally and their families. The story of this courageous couple in hiding deserves to be told the world over. This is investigative reporting at its best.

At a March 8 event at The Heritage Foundation, commemorating International Women’s Day, Women’s Rights Without Frontiers was honored to present Yue Zhang. Ms. Zhang is heroic in her courageous determination to tell the world about the late-term forced abortion she suffered in 2014. She was forcibly aborted because she was unmarried. As you listen to her, please remember that it remains illegal in China today for an unmarried woman to have a child. Ms. Zhang also was given the “option” to pay an impossible fine. Please remember that the Chinese government today continues to present women with “terror fines” that can be many times their annual salary. When these women cannot pay, they are forced to abort.   Some may go into hiding and give birth secretly. In this case, their child will lack household registration, or hukou. Without hukou, this child will have no official existence – will be ineligible for healthcare, education, will not be able officially to work or marry, will not be given a passport and so will not be able to travel.

Conditions Giving Rise to Gendercide Continue Under the Two-Child Policy

Moreover, gendercide continues. In the countryside, it has long been the case that where the first child is a girl, a couple may have a second child. Many couples have regarded this as their last chance to have a boy, and have selectively aborted or abandoned their second daughters. Sex-selective abortions have overwhelmingly been late term, because a woman has to be five to six months pregnant to determine the gender by ultrasound. In addition, many women resist having these ultrasounds until very late in the pregnancy, because they resist being pressured, usually by their in-laws, into aborting their daughters.

Now, according to an article from a Chinese news service published in January of this year, married couples are circumventing mainland Chinese law against sex determination tests for unborn children by employing genetic testing firms in Hong Kong.

The article features the story of a young woman who sent a sample of her blood to a Hong Kong-based testing firm. The day after receiving the report showing she was most likely pregnant with a girl child, she had an abortion.

We predicted last year that the increasing availability of non-invasive pregnancy tests (NIPTs) and the modified two-child policy would result in an increase, not a decrease, in sex-selective abortion. Second daughters remain endangered. The combination of son preference with the Chinese government’s coercive low birth limit has created a culture that oppresses females. The ripple effects of these biases and destructive policies are seen both in the highly skewed birth ratio between male and female babies, and the widespread practice of sex trafficking of women and girls as prostitutes or forced brides.

China’s Two-Child Policy is Social Control Masquerading as Population Control

Now, we read that the new two-child policy has failed to yield the baby boost expected to help allay the self-inflicted demographic disaster China inevitably faces. NBC News reported in January 2017 that the increase in births is substantially below the 20 million for which authorities had hoped.

There are many reasons Chinese couples are reluctant to have a second child, such as the fact that raising a child in China is expensive. So in February 2017, we read that China is considering paying couples to have a second child.

If China wants more babies so desperately that it is willing to pay couples to have a second child, then why is the government aborting single women and mothers of third children? Why doesn’t the government simply abandon all coercive birth limits?

It makes absolutely no demographic or economic sense for the Chinese government to continue to impose birth limitations of any sort whatsoever. China’s population problem is not that it has too many people. It’s that it has too few young people and too few women.

Nevertheless, the Chinese Communist Party has not agreed to get out of the bedrooms of the Chinese people. Women’s bodies remain in the domain of the state. Forced abortion is not a choice. It is official government rape. We need to keep the international pressure on the Chinese Communist Party until all coercive population control is eradicated.  Modifying the One Child Policy into a Two Child Policy has not ended forced abortion, forced sterilization or gendercide. Coercive population control in China does not need to be modified. It needs to be abolished.

Recommendations:

  1. The Secretary of State should investigate and evaluate UNFPA’s activities in China, and the President should de-fund them under the Kemp-Kasten Amendment. UNFPA has been found to be complicit with forced abortion in the past, and I have no doubt they will be again. I have long advocated for the defunding of UNFPA. The U.S. cut off funding to UNFPA in 2002 because an investigation, headed by then Secretary of State Colin Powell, found that UNFPA was complicit with the Chinese Family Planning officials in coercive implementation of China’s one-child policy. The Obama administration restored this funding. The UNCSW – as the advocate for women’s rights within the United Nations – should press relentlessly on the UNFPA to be fully transparent and accountable regarding its “family planning” activities in China. To the extent that the global community is funding the UNFPA, the blood of Chinese women and babies is on our hands.
  2. The U.S. President should utilize the Global Magnitsky Act to deny visas to perpetrators of forced abortion and freeze their US assets.
  3. Women’s Rights Without Frontiers has found our “Save a Girl” Campaign to be highly effective in saving the lives of baby girls in China and enabling mothers to keep their daughters. When our network in China learns of a woman who is being pressured to abort or abandon her baby girl, or whose family is so poor that her daughter is at risk, a fieldworker will go to her door and offer encouragement and practical support, saying, “Don’t abort or abandon your baby girl. She is a precious daughter and will bring you much joy! We will offer you monthly support for a year to enable you to keep your daughter.” We have saved hundreds of baby girls this way in our small area of China, and would encourage the Chinese government to implement such a program nationwide, to address China’s pressing gendercide issue.

Take action by signing WRWF’s petition against forced abortion in China.

Support WRWF’s Save a Girl Campaign.

Watch — Stop Forced Abortion – China’s War on Women! Video (4 mins)

http://www.womensrightswithoutfrontiers.org/?nav=stop-forced-abortion

Related Links:

The Heritage Foundation – Continued Coercion: China’s Two-Child Policy Threatens Human Rights and Prosperity 3/8/17
http://www.heritage.org/event/continued-coercion-chinas-two-child-policy-threatens-human-rights-and-prosperity

China Considers Baby Bonus for Couples to Have Second Child 2/28/17 http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/28/china/china-second-child-subsidy/

China Population Crisis: New Two-Child Policy Fails to Yield Major Gains 1/28/17
http://www.cnbc.com/2017/01/28/china-population-crisis-new-two-child-policy-fails-to-yield-major-gains.html

In Pursuit of Baby Boys, Families Send Samples to HK, Abort Baby Girls 1/17/17
http://www.ecns.cn/2017/01-17/242002.shtml

Have China’s Missing Girls Actually Been There All Along? 1/9/17
https://www.newsecuritybeat.org/2017/01/chinas-missing-girls-along/

China 2015 Human Rights Report (released in 2016), p. 55 (23 million abortions a year)
https://www.state.gov/documents/organization/252967.pdf

China’s Forbidden Babies Still an Issue 10/28/16
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-37788712

China: Forced Abortion at Six Months; Pregnant Women Told They “Deliberately Broke the Law” 8/28/16
http://www.womensrightswithoutfrontiers.org/blog/china-forced-abortion-at-six-months-pregnant-women-told-they-deliberately-broke-the-law/

Chinese Government Sources Admit Forced Abortion Continues Under Two-Child Policy 8/9/16 http://www.womensrightswithoutfrontiers.org/blog/chinese-government-sources-admit-forced-abortion-continues-under-two-child-policy/

Guangdong Families Told to Have Abortion or Lose Job 7/22/16 http://www.sixthtone.com/news/guangdong-families-told-have-abortion-or-lose-job

Reinventing China’s Abortion Police 5/4/16
http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-36203572

Data reveal scale of China abortions 3/15/13
https://www.ft.com/content/6724580a-8d64-11e2-82d2-00144feabdc0

Mr. Vice President, Can You Second Guess Yourself on UNFPA Funding Now? 8/24/11
http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/275483/mr-vice-president-can-you-second-guess-yourself-unfpa-funding-now-reggie-littlejohn

‘One Child’ Expert Urges Investigation Before UNFPA Funding Resumes 1/30/09
http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/one-child-expert-urges-investigation-unfpa-funding-resumes

You Are Funding Forced Abortions in China 3/27/09
http://www.cnsnews.com/blog/reggie-littlejohn/you-are-funding-forced-abortions-china

Family planning policy prevents 400 million births, Xinhua News Agency (11/9/06)
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2006-11/09/content_729166.htm

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WRWF to Host Event at United Nations in New York on Thursday: Femicide, Trafficking and Reproductive Violence

Women’s Rights Without Frontiers will host an event at the United Nations Commission traffiked_girl_sipea_0qwdon the Status of Women (UNCSW). The event, entitled, “Femicide, Trafficking, & Reproductive Violence Against Women & Girls,” will take place Thursday, March 23, from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. at the United Nations Church Center in New York (details below). The event is open to the public and does not require pre-registration.

 Reggie Littlejohn, Founder and President of Women’s Rights without Frontiers, stated, “I have spoken at the UNCSW many times, but always at the invitation of another NGO. This year, for the first time, the UNCSW approved WRWF to host an event ourselves. I’m thrilled about this and delighted to host such a distinguished panel of experts. It will be such an honor to speak to the attendees of the UNCSW – eminent women from all over the world.”

Speakers and topics will include:

Reggie Littlejohn, Founder & President
Women’s Rights Without Frontiers
“Forced Abortion and Gendercide in China — The Real ‘War Against Women’”

Sarah Torre, Visiting Fellow, DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society
The Heritage Foundation
“Sterilization Campaigns and Gendercide are Harming Women in India”

Arina Grossu, Director, Center for Human Dignity
Family Research Council
“Sex Trafficking and its Relation to Pornography, Violence, and Abortion”

Rebecca Oas, Associate Director of Research
Center for Family and Human Rights (C-Fam)
“Distortions in the Data: Ensuring Women’s Priorities Count in the SDG Indicators”

The event will take place on the10th Floor of the United Nations Church Center, 777 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY 10017-3521.  Once on the 10th Floor, participants will be directed to the room.

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China – Late Term Forced Abortion Victim Speaks Out for International Women’s Day.

Photo credit: wnd.com

Photo credit: wnd.com

March 8 is International Women’s Day.  Women’s Rights Without Frontiers presents the heartwrenching testimony of Yue Zhang, who suffered a late-term forced abortion under China’s One Child Policy in 2013, because she was unmarried.  It remains illegal under China’s Two Child Policy for unmarried women to give birth. We give special thanks to Women’s Rights in China for connecting us with Ms. Zhang, and to The Heritage Foundation for hosting an event to shine a light on continuing coercion under China’s Two-Child Policy. 

Here is the full testimony of Yue Zhang, a young woman of remarkable courage:

Among Forced Abortion Victims, I Am Not the Last One

Author: Yue Zhang, March 2017

My name is Yue Zhang, I was born in Nanjing City in China’s Jiangsu Province in 1985. First, I would like to thank Women’s Rights Without Frontiers (WRWF) for inviting me to speak, and the introduction from Women’s Rights in China (WRIC). I would also like to thank The Heritage Foundation for giving me the opportunity to stand here and tell my tragic experience of forced abortion by Chinese health and family planning officials. It used to be a memory that I was most reluctant to look back at, and even regarded it as extremely shameful. But today I understand that the victim must be brave enough to stand up and tell the truth, and show the world that the Chinese Communist Party’s family planning policy continues to murder, fine and persecute women. Even though the Chinese Communists have modified the policy, the act of harming the women and destroying lives is still continuing to happen.

At the end of August, 2013, I felt nauseous and uncomfortable. I thought I was sick and went to the hospital for a check-up.  The doctor told me that I was pregnant. Upon hearing this news, I at first felt surprised and happy — I was at the proper age and always had dreamed of becoming a mother.  Every time I saw friends and classmates together with their child, I admired them and wanted to have a child of my own. After the initial excitement, I was also felt worried and frustrated, because I was not married.  Moreover, I had separated from my boyfriend before I found out I was pregnant. In China, it is against the family planning policy for unmarried women to give birth to their child. I was worried for the future of my child, worried that he or she couldn’t obtain Hukou (household registration). A child without Hukou is unable to go to school, unable to receive education, and unable to have the rights to get various vaccinations in hospital.  That child will also have many difficulties building family and career in the future. Although I had these concerns, my right to become a mother and my desire to protect lives allowed me to continue the pregnancy of my child. I felt happy every time the little baby moved in my womb.

Around 5 months into my pregnancy, the government’s Family Planning Committee found that [that I was pregnant]. One day the neighborhood Committee waited outside my house along with Family Planning Officials.  In the beginning they were beat around the bush, but pretty soon they disclosed the real purpose of the visit:  to persuade me that, in my situation, I had to either perform abortion or pay a large “social maintenance fee.” After that, they left my house to let me think through my options.

I decided to continue my pregnancy with this child.

One day in early March in 2014, when I was six months pregnant, our community street Family Planning Officials suddenly broke into my house, telling me my two only options: First is forced abortion, Second is paying the social maintenance fee. Otherwise, if the child is born, without Hukou, he will not be able to do anything. They also threatened to inform the bank to confiscate my house, telling my employer to fire me and leave me unemployed. I felt anguish — I couldn’t choose either option.

After the officials left, I immediately inquired about the Family Planning Policy and Social Maintenance Fee policy of Jiangsu Province.  I learned that with my annual income level, in order for my child to get Hukou, I needed to pay over sixty thousand US dollars of “Social Maintenance Fee,”or penalty. After paying the penalty, one could get the Hukou with the receipt [of the penalty fee] at the local police station. I simply couldn’t afford this huge cost. According to the “Jiangsu Province Population and Family Planning Ordinance” Chapter 6, Article 41, specific standards [setting the amount of the social maintenance fee], “for those who give birth outside of wedlock, the first child will be charged for 0.5 times to 2 times of the amount of the basic standard of Social Maintenance Fee. The urban residents’ basic standard is the previous year’s average annual income of the county where the individual lives. For those whose annual income is more than twice of the average urban or rural residents’ annual income, in addition to the fee mentioned in Paragraph 3 of this article, the individual shall be charged a fee of the equivalent of one or two times of the extra portion of the individual’s annual income.” In 2013, the average income for Nanjing City’s residents was 39,881 Yuan.

Unfortunately, 2013 was the year in which I had the highest annual income since I started working.  That year the market conditions were favorable and my sales number was high, therefore I had the highest bonus amount. With my annual income of approximately thirty thousand US dollars, I would have to pay an equivalent of sixty thousand US dollars of social maintenance fee. But this is not an annual thing [that I got such a high income].  Moreover, I had already consumed most of the money that I earned and sometimes I even had to borrow money from bank to pay for some larger costs during daily life.

But I never wanted to give up on an innocent little life.  My mother also could not bear to see this happening.  My poor mom asked around for help and information.  She finally told me that, by the time I would give birth, we could bribe the doctor to help with the birth, and we could request a favor from the local police officers and get Hukou by paying some money.

Finally, in mid-March of 2014, a group of six to seven people from the Family Planning Committee forced their way into my house.  They sent two people to watch my house, and four others to drag and pull me into a car waiting at my door for a while.  My helpless mother also followed me in the car to the hospital.

In the hospital, on the same afternoon, the doctor injected a need of oxytocin into my abdomen. I was trembling.  I kept shouting and struggling.  The doctor left after the needle injection. After a few hours of stomach pain, I started to see blood and liquid flow.  In the evening, I had strong stomach pain, and after another few hours, I first saw the water capsule, and then the child came out. I dared not open my eyes to see [the child].  A lively, fresh life just silently got destroyed like this.

I cried and roared.  Doctors and nurses took away the little life. I wanted to beg them to leave it with me, but I couldn’t speak. Afterwards, the doctor gave me another shot, saying that it was to stop the pain, but the pain did not stop. When they performed the operation to clean my womb, it was so unbelievably painful. Lying on that bed, I felt my body was cut open and broken.

I kept crying.  The child was still so small — didn’t open the eyes and have a chance to come to this world and call me “Mom,” didn’t even make a sound of crying, and just get deprived of life by the government.

My mind and body suffered great harm, but my boyfriend who was in love with me for many years didn’t even come to look at me and give my any comfort.

For a long time, I always had nightmares.  I dreamed of lying on the operating table.  My stomach was cut open.  I was dead in the dream, with a large pool of blood on the ground, and all kinds of internal organs lying on the ground. Sometimes I dreamed of my child, a small life lying in a pool of blood, asking me why I didn’t want him …

In the traditional Chinese culture and the backward ideas, this experience would be considered very shameful.  Pregnancy outside of wedlock not only violated the country’s law, but also indicated that I was not a decent girl.  Some people even describe the womb of people like me as the“house where people have died, meaning, who would want to live in a house where people had died? These people believe that it would be unlucky to marry someone like me and it would be hard to gt pregnant. Therefore, I dared not tell anyone.  I was having hallucinations and for awhile always seem to hear children crying around me. Sometimes I believed it was my fault.  I hated myself for getting pregnant without getting married, and causing my child to die. Physical and psychological pain for a while has made me want to stop living this life.

Here I would like to thank my mother.  She accompanied me through the most desperate days.  She tried many ways to enlighten and comfort me, encouraging me to travel and study. With my mother’s encouragement and help, in December of 2014 I came to the United States. As a stranger in this country, I felt the culture of an open society.  I felt the air of freedom, democracy and human rights. All this gave me the courage to sail on with my life. In May of 2015, I applied into a Language school in New York City, to enhance my English communication skills.

I remember that, soon after I went to the language school, once we discussed the family and marriage in class, a classmate asked me “I heard that in China, you can’t have multiple children, is this true?” After listening to my explanation of the Chinese Family Planning policy, they all were surprised, and directly told me that, “if the government dared to tell me how many children I could have, or did not allow my child to be born, I would use a gun.” It was at that time, I realized that this was not my fault.  In fact my child also had the right to come into this world. On the contrary, it was the Chinese government’s fault. China’s Family Planning Policy persecuted me and violated my legal rights.

Reading some online articles from the Women’s Rights in China (WRIC) Chinese website about Chinese family planning, I was very much enlightened. In December of 2015, I took the initiative to join the volunteer team of Chinese women’s rights. During the interaction with other volunteers, what I learned and heard completely changed my view from my education in China.  I saw things that I couldn’t see in China. I learned that it is a basic human right to give birth to child, and forced abortion is an inhumane action of murder.  I also learned about how to make my voice heard for myself and for others’ rights. Most importantly, I realized that all of this is not my fault, but is because of the serious human rights violations by the Chinese government for a long time. It is not us who should feel ashamed.  It is the government that represents Chinese Communist Party that should feel ashamed. We have to stand up when our legal rights are violated, share our experiences, and reveal the murderous nature of the Chinese Family Planning Policy. I am here today not only for myself, but also representing millions of Chinese women, who till this day still cannot make decisions about their own body and their own womb.

In today’s China, it is not just me who suffered from the Family Planning Policy.  Another forced sterilization just happened. On February 8, 2017, in Yunnan Province’s ZhaoTong City, resident Hu Zheng Gao and his ex-wife have three children.  His ex-wife was forcibly sterilized for violating the Family Planning Policy, and paid a huge sum for the Social Maintenance Fee. Hu Zhenggao remarried in 2013, and his wife gave birth to another child. Surprisingly after 17 years, he got arrested by local Family Planning Officials when visiting home for Lunar New Year. They were detained till 2:00 a.m., and the local government officials threatened him with two options. The first option was to get sterilized immediately.  The second option was to be jailed for 15 days together with his wife for disturbing public order. Eventually he had anesthetic medicine applied and was forced to the Family Planning Office of the township government and was performed sterilization operation. His wife remained detained in the police station where he was sterilized.

Countless bloody facts are telling us that China’s inhumane murderous family planning policy is still in progress and is continuing to persecute women and families.

The Chinese government formally adopted the Two-Child Policy on December 27, 2015, and formally implemented it on January 1, 2016. Many people  believe that this will mean a fundamental change to China’s Family Planning Policy, but this is not true. After implementing the Two-Child Policy, there was not a corresponding policy regarding women’s occupation, maternity leave, healthcare or education. Using healthcare as an example, there is a serious deficiency in the number of gynecological doctors and pediatricians. According to official data from the proceedings of China’s Family Planning Committee on September 27, 2016, the mortality rates for the first half of 2016 for pregnant women and new mothers have increased by 30.6% compared with same period in 2015. In other words, the steep rise in mortality rates indicates that the lives of Chinese women are not respected or receiving enough attention, no matter whether it’s a One-Child or Two-Child policy.

The Chinese government created a wrong policy for its own interests, arbitrarily violated women’s legal rights, and deceived the Chinese people for a long time. There are millions more women, most of whom are not as lucky as I am, since I can come to the United States and access a completely different culture, access democracy and freedom.  These women are still living in guilt and self blame, unaware of their legal rights. They are struggling to have one more child, suffering all kinds of persecution without being able to appeal for justice. Because of this, I choose to stand up, and I have founds that many people from China are sharing the same belief and voice as mine. I believe one day, Chinese women can really become the owners of their own bodies, control their own right to give birth, and no longer bear the burden of family planning policies.  Their bodies will no longer be harmed by the government.  They will live their lives with dignity.

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Watch Reggie’s Speech at the San Francisco Walk for Life (Video!)

WRWF President Reggie Littlejohn was a keynote speaker at the West Coast Walk for Life in San Francisco last month, which was attended by an estimated 50,000 people.  Littlejohn stated, “I am grateful to Eva Muntean and Dolores Meehan for caring about the women and babies of China, who are still undergoing forced abortion and sterilizations under the new Two-Child Policy.  I am also grateful for the opportunity to surprise my daughter, Anni, with a memorable birthday gift!”   Littlejohn invited the entire crowd to join her in singing Happy Birthday to Anni, whose birthday was the day after the Walk.

Reggie addresses 50,000 at the West Coast Walk for Life, flanked by husband Rob, daughters Anni and Ruli Zhang, Fr. Frank Pavone, President of Priests for LIfe, and Lori Hoye, Co-Head of the Issues4Life Foundation.

Reggie addresses 50,000 at the West Coast Walk for Life, flanked by husband Rob, daughters Anni and Ruli Zhang, Fr. Frank Pavone, President of Priests for LIfe, and Lori Hoye, Co-Head of the Issues4Life Foundation.

Littlejohn continued, “Anni was almost forcibly aborted at 6 to 7 months.  Family Planning Police were pressuring her mother daily to abort her, because she was her father’s second child.  As a second daughter, she could have been a victim of sex-selective abortion.  But her brave parents sacrificed greatly to bring her into this world, and we’re so glad she’s here!”

Littlejohn pointed out that Anni was born on January 22, 2003, the thirtieth anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision, now Celebration of Life Day.  “I believe that Anni symbolizes all the beauty, brilliance and love of Chinese girls, every one of whom deserves to draw breath on this earth.”  Littlejohn and others rescued Anni and her sister Ruli from China three years ago.  Littlejohn and her husband are now raising Anni as their own daughter. Once in America, Littlejohn discovered that Anni has an amazing talent playing piano.  Anni won an international contest and performed piano in Carnegie Hall just before Christmas, 2016.  She had only been playing three years.

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