China: WRWF Launches “Save A Widow” Campaign on 38th Anniversary of the One Child Policy

“Mrs. Wu” (name changed to protect her privacy). Photo credit: Women’s Rights Without Frontiers

Mrs. Wu is fifty years old. Her husband ended his life by jumping into the dam seven years ago, because he was diagnosed with terminal liver cancer, and they could not afford treatments at the hospital. Mrs. Wu’s heart broke. She wanted to join her husband in death because she could not live without him.  Traditionally, the husband is responsible for more labor than the wife in the small villages, the main support.

 Mrs. Wu felt her life was over and she was completely helpless. But her two son’s crying woke her up.  She knew she had to be strong for those two little boys. They had lost father already, they could not lose mother as well. At that time, her older one was nine years old and the younger one was only three. She could not remarry because no man would want to marry a widow who has two sons.  [The sons would carry on their biological father’s name, and under the One Child Policy, she could not have any more children.  Any man who would marry her would become a “bare branch” – the end of his family line.]  

She overworked all the time – carrying on her responsibilities as a single mother of two young boys, and at the same time, trying to do her husband’s farming job and provide for the family.  Still, she could hardly make ends meet.

She developed high blood pressure, suffered a stroke and become disabled during the spring of 2014.  She is now confined to a wheelchair.  

Mrs. Wu cannot believe that kind people from overseas are willing to help her and give money to her without asking her do anything. What kind of God do these people believe in? She wants to know this God, too. 

Reggie Littlejohn, president of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, stated:  “My heart broke when I learned of the incredibly hard lives of the elderly widows in China’s remote villages.  They have nothing, and no one gives them anything.  Their husbands often died leaving a mountain of medical bills behind.  For some of them, their husbands committed suicide when they learned they had a terminal illness, as they knew that they had no money for treatment.  Some of these widows are themselves disabled and confined to a wheelchair.   Some of them have contemplated suicide.

“So I decided to launch our Save a Widow Campaign.   We are already saving dozens of widows from grinding poverty and from the feeling that they have been abandoned by everyone in the world.  We come directly to their door to offer them encouragement and support to help make ends meet.”

The children of these widows are not helping them.  Sometimes these children are disabled and in need of help themselves. Most of the widows subsist on a meager diet of rice and vegetables, no meat.

One poor widow lives in guilt because her husband, who was disabled, slept on a pile of straw, which caught fire and he burned to death.  She feels that if she had been at home, her husband would not have died, and she cannot forgive herself.  Another widow was so impoverished that some days, she would eat only salt.  She was contemplating suicide and kept a rope in her room.  When our fieldworker found her and offered her hope, she said we are like a divine being, “saving people who are living helpless and hard lives.”  Now, with our help, she always has vegetables and often has meat.

How do we offer them hope?  Our fieldworker will come to their door and tell them that we want to help them because as human beings, they have great dignity and infinite value.   This is the opposite of what they have come to believe, having been cast off by their families and not helped by their government or anyone else.  We offer them a monthly stipend, just to help them live.  They inevitably want to know what they need to do in return.  Our answer: Nothing!  This is a free gift, just because we care about them.

These abandoned women are intensely grateful that someone believes that they are infinitely valuable and that they have dignity, even though their own families have abandoned them.  They cannot believe that someone from the other side of the world would just help them without asking for anything in return.  They have never experienced anything like this in their long, hard lives in the Chinese countryside.

China has the highest female suicide rate in the world.  According to a State Department Report, 590 women end their lives every day in China.  China also has a skyrocketing rate of senior suicide.  The One Child Policy has destroyed the family structure in China.  In the past, the Chinese enjoyed large families and it was not a burden for children and grandchildren to support the elderly. Now many elderly are completely abandoned and destitute, especially elderly widows.  And the sad solution for many is to end their lives.

Women’s Rights Without Frontiersis committed to helping Chinese women at every stage of their lives.  We help baby girls to be born, instead of being selectively aborted or abandoned because they are girls.  Likewise, we help their mothers defend themselves against the pressure to abort or abandon their baby girls.   And now we are extending help to elderly widows, to ease their suffering and give them dignity and new hope in the twilight season of their lives.

Learn more about the Save a Widow Campaign here.

Related Links

Congressional-Executive Commission on China 2017 Report, “Population Control” section at p. 158 https://www.cecc.gov/publications/annual-reports/2017-annual-report

Ageing China:  Changes and Challenges  https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-19630110

China:  The Disturbing Trend of Elderly Suicide  http://www.silvereco.org/en/china-the-disturbing-trend-of-elderly-suicide/

Suicide Among the Elderly in Mainland China https://www.researchgate.net/publication/26672766_Suicide_Among_the_Elderly_in_Mainland_China

Can China Afford Rapid Aging?  Spring, 2016 (section on suicide) https://springerplus.springeropen.com/articles/10.1186/s40064-016-2778-0

How China’s Rural Elderly Are Being Left Behind and Taking Their Lives, updated https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/how-chinas-rural-elderly-are-being-left-behind-and-taking-theirlives/article29179579/

Why are so many elderly Asians killing themselves? https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/why-are-so-many-elderly-asians-killing-themselves-n32591

China’s Rural Poor Bear the Brunt of the Nation’s Aging Crisis https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-01-05/china-s-rural-poor-bear-the-brunt-of-the-nation-s-aging-crisis

Relying on Whom?  Poverty and Consumption Financing of China’s Elderly https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK109233/

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China’s One (Now Two) Child Policy Turns 38: Destitute Widows, the Invisible Victims

“Mrs. Li” (name changed to protect her privacy). Credit: Women’s Rights Without Frontiers

“Mrs. Li” is 70 years old and lives in rural China. Her husband died 30 years ago of leukemia. They could not afford treatment, so her husband died without it.  

She had three children.  Her daughter was killed in a car accident.  Her two sons are living in different villages and do not take care of her.

Because she does not have enough money for food, she eats only vegetables – no meat.  Sometimes she eats only salt.  She bought a rope ten years ago, so she can hang herself one day if she cannot take care of herself any more or if she gets sick. 

This week marks the 38thanniversary 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, as well as the sex-selective abortion of tens of millions of baby girls.  These casualties are as well known as they are tragic.

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

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.

The One Child Policy has destroyed traditional Chinese family structure.  Before September 25, 1980, when the policy was officially instituted, China was mostly rural.  Farming families were large, as they needed to be in order to work the land.  Typically, one couple would have many children, and each of their children would have many children. When the original couple grew old and needed care, their needs were spread among many children and grandchildren, so that no one felt burdened.

Because of the One-Child Policy, many families now find themselves in the inverse position of one couple supporting four parents and eight grandparents.  That couple also needs to support themselves and their children.  Thus, many working age couples find themselves stretched beyond capacity.  Many of them simply do not have the resources of time and money to care for so many aging parents and grandparents. Additionally, with urbanization, many young couples have moved from the countryside to the cities, in order to make ends meet financially.  This move means that many elderly are left alone, with no family member present to care for them.

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.  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.”

Reggie Littlejohn, founder and president of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, stated, “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 are now launching 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.

“One of the widows we are helping is Mrs. Li, whose story is recounted at the beginning of this article.  Our fieldworker went to her door and encouraged her, saying that we will give her a monthly stipend to help her eat every day, so that there will be no more days where she eats only salt.  We have given her hope.  She was so happy she said that we are like a divine being, “saving people who are living helpless and hard lives.”

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

Related Links

Can China Afford Rapid Aging? https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4949193/

Suicide Among Elderly Increases http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2014-08/04/content_18239837.htm

China’s Elderly Population to Peak at Half a Billion in 2050 https://gbtimes.com/chinas-elderly-population-to-peak-at-half-a-billion-in-2050

China’s Elderly Population Continues to Rise, With 241 Million Now Over 60 https://gbtimes.com/chinas-elderly-population-continues-to-rise

Save a Widow Campaign https://www.womensrightswithoutfrontiers.org/index.php?nav=help-chinese-widows

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China Denies Plan to End Two-Child Policy

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According to a Reuters report this week, “All content on family planning has been dropped in a draft civil code being deliberated by top lawmakers on Monday, the Procuratorate Daily [a state-run newspaper affiliated with China’s prosecutor’s office] wrote in a post on its Weibo account.”  News of this Weibo [Twitter-like] post sparked a spate of headlines heralding that China is about to “end,”and “scrap”the two-child policy, “finishing decades of family planning.” 

However, two articles this week in the China Daily– the official, English-language newspaper published by the People’s Republic of China – quashed these speculations.

In “Removal of family planning in draft doesn’t mean end of policy,” China Daily acknowledges that the reference to family planning has been removed from the draft Marriage and Adoption sections of the Civil Code.  However, it remains in the family planning section of the code:

“Given the country’s demographic situation, the decision [to remove family planning clauses from the Marriage and Adoption sections] has triggered widespread speculation as to whether it is meant to pave the way for the abolishment of the country’s decades-old family planning policy. However, legislators explained on Tuesday that there’s a special law on family planning, so there’s no need to include similar content in the marriage section while drafting the civil code.  Related regulations can still be found in the Population and Family Planning Law.” (Emphasis added.)

Reggie Littlejohn, President of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, stated, “The statement from China Daily does not eliminate the possibility that China is considering the abolition of its brutal population control program.  It does, however, clarify that the deletion of family planning content from the civil code sections on marriage and adoption law is irrelevant to this potential policy change. It seems that again, the media has jumped the gun in proclaiming the end of “family planning” in China.

“We continue to press for the complete elimination of all coercive population control measures, effective immediately.  Now, under the two-child policy, all couples can have two children.  Single women and third children, however, remain at risk for forced abortion.  In addition, girls – especially second daughters – remain at risk of sex-selective abortion.  We urge the Chinese government to specify that all women – not just married women – can have as many children as they want.  We also urge them to provide strong incentives for baby girls.  We have saved hundreds of girls through our Save a Girl Campaign.  We would encourage the Chinese government to implement such a campaign nationally.”

“In addition,” Littlejohn continued, “we need to guard against forced pregnancy.  On August 17, it was reported that two Chinese scholars proposed the creation of a “procreation fund,” into which couples of childbearing age would be forced to pay if they had fewer than two children.  Given the desperation the Chinese government faces because of its rapidly aging population, I could see a move by the Chinese government to pressure all couples who are eligible to have a second child into having a second child, whether they want a second child or not.  This would be preposterous. The Chinese Government needs to stop functioning as womb police and let go of the idea that women’s bodies are domain of the state.”

The abolition of coercive birth limits will not end gendercide in China, because many couples in China choose to have small families. Many do not want a second child, because of limited resources of time and money.  Because strong son preference remains, baby girls will continue to be selectively aborted and abandoned; people want their only child, or one of their two children, to be a boy.  Second daughters, therefore, remain especially vulnerable, even with the abolition of coercive birth limits.

“Because of the ongoing impact of the One-Child Policy and continuing coercive population control,” Littlejohn concluded, “hundreds of millions of Chinese women have been forcibly aborted, tens of millions of girls have been selectively aborted, and women from within China and throughout the world are being sucked into sexual slavery. China’s population problem is not that it has too many people, but rather that it has too few young people to sustain its rapidly aging elderly population, as well as a critical shortage of girls.  China’s One Child Policy has caused more violence against women and girls than any other official policy on earth and any other policy in human history. This is the true war against women.”

Related Links

Experts:  Civil code plans don’t mean family planning is over 8/28/18 http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/a/201808/28/WS5b8511a7a310add14f3883c3.html

Removal of family planning in draft does not mean end of policy 8/29/18 http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/a/201808/29/WS5b85d6ada310add14f388469.html

China moves to end two-child limit, finishing decades of family planning  8/29/18 https://www.cnn.com/2018/08/28/asia/china-family-planning-one-child-intl/index.html

China Is Preparing to End Draconian Family Planning Measures.  But That Won’t Solve its Demographic Crisis 8/28/18 http://time.com/5379947/two-child-policy-end-china/

China paves way to end family planning policy: state media 8/27/18 https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-population/china-paves-way-to-end-family-planning-policy-state-media-idUSKCN1LD077

China Signals End to Child Birth Limits by 2020 at Latest 8/27/18 https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-08-28/china-signals-end-to-limits-on-child-births-by-2020-at-latest

China could scrap two-child policy, ending nearly 40 years of limits 8/27/18 https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/aug/28/china-could-scrap-two-child-policy-ending-nearly-40-years-of-limits

China think tank slammed for ‘procreation fund’ idea 8/17/18 https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-population/china-think-tank-slammed-for-procreation-fund-idea-idUSKBN1L2132

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World Day Against Trafficking in Persons: Gendercide and Sexual Slavery in China

Photo Credit: Reuters/Stringer

This time last year, a report emerged that a Chinese woman from Anhui Province died after her husband pressured her into aborting four pregnancies in a year, because he wanted a son. The couple already had a four-year-old daughter. After the Two-Child Policy was instituted on January 1, 2016, they decided to have a second child, which the husband determined would be a boy. When the woman became ill because of the repeated abortions, her husband divorced her. Soon after, she died.

China’s shift to a two-child policy has not ended the sex-selective abortion of baby girls, especially second daughters. Now, China has an estimated 30-40 million “bare branches” – men who will never find wives and will be unable to reproduce and carry on the family line. This alarming gender imbalance is the driving force behind sexual slavery in China.

This will be true for decades to come. Even if China were to eliminate all coercive birth limitations now, even if cultural son preference were magically to disappear and gender ratios at birth were to normalize going forward, the effects of these changes would not be felt for decades. In the meantime, China suffers under the unique, self-inflicted wound of sex-selective abortion driven by decades of coercive population control.

July 30 marks the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, the annual day to raise awareness of the estimated 21 million people who are victims of forced labor and sexual exploitation globally. 71 percent of these victims are women and girls.

While human trafficking and sexual slavery are global problems, China is unique because it’s One Child Policy has given rise to the greatest gender imbalance in terms of sex ratios at birth.   The normal ratio is 105 boys born for every 100 girls born. At its height, China’s sex ratio at birth was 121 boys for every 100 girls. There are an estimated 30 to 40 million more men than women living in China today – so-called “surplus males.”

The State Department’s most recent Trafficking in Persons Report downgraded China to a “Tier 3 Nation,” stating, “The Government of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) does not fully meet the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking and is not making significant efforts to do so . . . “ China shares this bottom status with North Korea and Sudan.

China needs to step-up its anti-trafficking enforcement efforts to conform with international standards. Its continued refusal to do so raises the dark question: Might the Chinese government be deliberately turning a blind eye to sex trafficking because they depend on it to “service” the 30 to 40 million “surplus males” they have created through the One Child Policy?

The TIP Report accurately states that China’s coercive population control program has combined with cultural son preference to produce a critical gender imbalance:

The Chinese government’s birth limitation policy and a cultural preference for sons created a skewed sex ratio of 117 boys to 100 girls in China, which observers assert increases the demand for prostitution and for foreign women as brides for Chinese men – both of which may be procured by force or coercion. Women and girls are kidnapped or recruited through a marriage broker and transported to China, where some are subjected to commercial sex or forced labor.

Such a “skewed sex ratio” is only possible through gendercide: the sex-selective abortion or abandonment of baby girls. This form of discrimination – which violently delivers the message that girls do not deserve to live – in turn gives rise to further violence against women and girls: human trafficking and sexual slavery.

This sexual slavery occurs both within China and from the surrounding countries. As described by the TIP Report, within China, women and girls from rural areas are trafficked to urban areas and forced into prostitution. Traffickers use “a combination of fraudulent job offers and coercion by imposing large travel fees, confiscating passports, confining victims, or physically and financially threatening victims to compel their engagement in commercial sex.”

According to the 2017 Report of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, women are trafficked into China from neighboring Asian countries, including Cambodia, Burma (Myanmar), Nepal and North Korea “for forced marriage and commercial sexual exploitation.” The TIP Report states that, as far away as Africa and South America, women are similarly “promised legitimate jobs and forced into prostitution upon arrival.”

Of special concern is the plight of North Korean women and girls. North Korean refugees escaping possibly the most repressive regime on earth are not given asylum in China. According to the CECC Report, they are instead considered “illegal economic migrants” and are forcibly repatriated, in violation of international refugee law –“despite the fact that repatriated persons face torture, imprisonment, execution, and other inhuman treatment.”

Seventy to 80 percent of refugees from North Korea are women, many of whom are trafficked for forced marriage or sexual exploitation. These victims are completely helpless. They cannot go to the Chinese authorities and report that they are being beaten and raped, because to do so would bring about forcible repatriation and possible execution.

China’s demographic problem is not that it has too many people, but rather that it has too few young people to sustain its rapidly aging elderly population, as well as a critical shortage of girls. China needs to abandon all population control and in fact develop strong incentives for people to have children, especially girls.

Because of the One-Child Policy and continuing coercive population control, hundreds of millions Chinese women have been forcibly aborted, tens of millions of girls have been selectively aborted, and women from within China and throughout the world are being sucked into sexual slavery. China’s One Child Policy has caused more violence against women and girls than any other official policy on earth and any other policy in human history. This is the true war against women.

Women’s Rights Without Frontiers has had significant success through our Save a Girl Campaign, saving baby girls from sex-selective abortion or abandonment, and empowering women to keep their daughters. A fieldworker travels to the woman’s door and greets her with the message that girls are as good as boys, encourages her to stand up to the pressure to abort or abandon her daughter, and provides monthly support for a year. These funds provide practical support. Perhaps more important, they enable the woman to go to her husband or mother-in-law and say, “I can’t abort or abandon this baby girl. She’s a lucky girl – look, she’s already bringing money into the family!” We have saved hundreds of baby girls in Chinese villages with this campaign of direct personal encouragement and support.

It would be effective for the Chinese government to use this model and implement it nationally. This, coupled with greater enforcement of existing laws making sex-selective abortion illegal, would help normalize the gender ratios going forward.

Learn more about WRWF’s Save a Girl Campaign here.

Related Links

 United States Department of State Trafficking in Persons Report 2017

https://www.state.gov/j/tip/rls/tiprpt/2017/

 

Congressional-Executive Commission on China 2017 Report (10/5/17)

https://www.cecc.gov/publications/annual-reports/2017-annual-report

 

China’s One Now Two Child Policy Turns 37: Chinese Woman Dies After Husband Pressures Her to Abort Four Girls in One Year (9/25/17)

http://www.womensrightswithoutfrontiers.org/blog/chinas-one-now-two-child-policy-turns-37-chinese-woman-dies-after-husband-pressures-her-to-abort-four-girls-in-one-year/

World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

https://www.un.org/en/events/humantrafficking/index.shtml

 

China Daily: 30 Million Men to be Wifeless Over Next 30 Years 2/13/17

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2017-02/13/content_28183839.htm

 

China: Too Many Men (4/13/06)

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/china-too-many-men/

 

Women’s Rights Without Frontiers Save a Girl Campaign

http://womensrightswithoutfrontiers.org/index.php?nav=end-gendercide-and-forced-abortion

 

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Newborn Baby Girl with Umbilical Cord Attached Apparently Thrown Over a Wall

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A newborn baby girl was found abandoned at the bottom of a six-foot wall in a trash-filled courtyard in Fuzhou City, Fujian Province on Friday, June 1, International Children’s Day.   She was lying next to her placenta with her umbilical cord still attached.  Although no one witnessed how the newborn got into the courtyard, it is believed she was thrown over the wall, as she was suffering from major injuries consistent with such trauma:  a fractured skull, bleeding in the brain, and injuries to her heart and lungs.   The neighbors who found her called the police, who took the infant to the hospital, where she is currently recovering.  Read the original report and watch a video here.

Reggie Littlejohn, Founder and President of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, stated, “My heart goes out to this innocent baby girl, so violently abandoned.  I hope for her full recovery and that she will live a long and fulfilling life. When girls are selectively aborted or abandoned, the message is that females do not deserve to live, to draw breath upon this earth.  Gendercide is the most violent form of discrimination against women and girls.”

A subsequent report revealed that the “neighbor” who brought the infant to the hospital was discovered to be her father, claiming to have found her. It is not known if he has been detained. Abandoning a baby carries a jail sentence of up to five years in China.

Earlier this year, a woman from Guilin, China reportedly gave birth to a baby girl on the street and immediately threw her into the trash.   In 2015, a newborn baby girl in Beijing was discovered crying, having been flushed head first down a public toilet.

Baby girl rescued from toilet, Beijing August 2015

“For every report that makes it out of China,” Littlejohn continued, “there are countless unreported incidents equally heartbreaking.  These incidents powerfully demonstrate that gendercide still exists in China, despite the so-called ‘relaxation’ of birth limitations.   Perhaps the mothers of these abandoned baby girls were unmarried and fell into desperation, thinking they had no alternative.  Perhaps they wanted to keep their daughters but were forced to abandon them by the government or their relatives.  Unfortunately, we will never know.

“Regardless, the new rule that has been proposed is that coupleswill be allowed to have as many children as they want.  It will remain illegal for an unmarried woman to have a baby in China.  We demand the end to all coercive population control in China, regardless of the marital status of the woman.”

Women’s Rights Without Frontiers is ending gendercide, one baby girl at a time.  We have saved hundreds of baby girls through our Save a Girl Campaign.

Related Links

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/vid eo/news/video-1701010/Video-Ab andoned-newborn-baby-girl-thro wn-filthy-courtyard-China.html

http://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2149030/chinese-man-who-found-newborn-baby-girl-turns-out-be-her-father

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/new s/article-5344195/Woman-throws -baby-bin-giving-birth-street. html

http://www.womensrightswithout frontiers.org/blog/china-baby- girl-flushed-down-toilet-rescu ed/

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China to End Two-Child Policy? Don’t Celebrate Yet!

One of hundreds of babies saved by our “Save a Girl” Campaign

According to a Bloomberg report, anonymous sources have stated that the State Council (China’s Cabinet) has commissioned research on the impact of ending China’s two-child policy, possibly within the next year. “The leadership wants to reduce the pace of aging in China’s population and remove a source of international criticism,” one of these sources said.

Having dedicated the last ten years of my life to mounting “international criticism” aimed at ending forced abortion and gendercide in China, I would of course rejoice over the end of all coercive birth limits in China.  This would be a momentous victory for human rights and a vindication of the application of international pressure as a strategy to affect change within that totalitarian regime.

But I am holding off on this celebration.  First, the Chinese government just commissioned a study.  It has not yet enacted the new law.  I hope it does.   Doing so would be a momentous step in the right direction.

As always when dealing with the Chinese Communist Party, there is a catch.  The Bloomberg article states that “China is planning to scrap all limits on the number of children a family can have . . .”  Many of the abortions in China are performed on unmarried women.  China will not release how many of its 23 million abortions a year are forced.

According to the most recent report of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, China’s Family Planning Laws require couples to be married to have children.   The implementation of the Family Planning Laws is not uniform across China, but is subject to provincial regulation.  In some places, an unmarried woman who is pregnant may be forced to pay a “social compensation fee” of up to ten times her annual salary.  I call these “terror fines.”  If she cannot pay the fine, she may be required to abort.  Yue Zhang spoke bravely and eloquently about her tragic experience of late term forced abortion because she became pregnant without being married.

In some instances, the “illegal children” of unmarried women are raised in secret.  They are denied hukou, without which they may be denied birth certificates and are not eligible for healthcare, education, or passports.  They cannot officially marry, work or travel.  They are illegal in their own land.

These questions remain:  Will China “scrap” birth limits for all women, not just married women?  Will they dispense with the system of social compensation fees for “illegal births”?  Will they abolish the hukousystem?

In the United States, the percentage of all births to unmarried women is 39.8%.  The unmarried women of China must be free to give birth as well.  And the children of unmarried women should have full rights of citizenship.

Further, the abolition of coercive birth limits will not end gendercide in China.  Many couples in China choose to have small families. Many do not want a second child, because of limited resources of time and money.  Because strong son preference remains, baby girls will continue to be selectively aborted and abandoned; people want their only child, or one of their two children, to be a boy.  Second daughters, therefore, remain especially vulnerable, even with the abolition of coercive birth limits.

And what of the devastating legacy of the One Child (now Two Child) Policy?  Tens of millions of men will never marry because their future wives were selectively eliminated.  And regarding the rapidly aging population, babies born now will not enter the work force for decades.  In the meantime, many elderly are without support and senior suicide is on the rise.

So I am holding off on celebrating an end to forced abortion and gendercide in China.  When that day truly arrives, I will rejoice that the most disastrous social experiment in the history of the world has been cast onto the dung heap of history, where it belongs.

Related Links

China Considers Ending Birth Limits as Soon as This Year 5/21/18 https://www.bloomberg.com/news /articles/2018-05-21/china-sai d-to-consider-ending-birth-lim its-as-soon-as-this-year

Forced Abortion Still Mandated Under China’s “Planned Birth” Laws 1/15/18 https://www.pop.org/forced-abo rtion-still-mandated-chinas-pl anned-birth-laws/

2017 Congressional-Executive Commission on China “Population Control” section https://www.cecc.gov/publicati ons/annual-reports/2017-annual -report

2017 State Department Country Reports of Human Rights Practices – China https://www.state.gov/j/drl/rl s/hrrpt/humanrightsreport/inde x.htm#wrapper

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

 Full Testimony of Yue Zhang 3/7/17 http://www.womensrightswithout frontiers.org/blog/china-late- term-forced-abortion-victim-sp eaks-out-for-international-wom ens-day/

Suicide Among Elderly Increases 8/4/14 http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/c hina/2014-08/04/content_182398 37.htm

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

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

Look at this sweet and innocent face! This is “Bao-Jun” (we have not used her real name, to protect her identity), one month old. With help from our “Save a Girl” Campaign, she will grow up to know just how bravely her mother fought for her.

Bao-Jun is a second daughter.  Too many second daughters are unwanted in China, because of son preference.  Couples will let the first daughter live, but will abort or abandon their second daughter, often under pressure from the husband’s parents.  For this reason, there are about 37 million more men living in China than women – and this gender imbalance is driving human trafficking and sexual slavery, within China and from the surrounding countries.

When Bao-Jun’s mother gave birth to her older sister, Bao-Jun’s paternal grandmother was extremely disappointed.  The nicest thing she said to Bao-Jun’s mother was, “Don’t worry.  You are still young.  If you can give birth to a daughter, you can give birth to a son.”

Then, when Bao-Jun’s mother became pregnant with Bao-Jun, the grandmother pressured Bao-Jun’s mother to go with her to the hospital to learn the gender of her baby.  Bao-Jun’s mother knew that, if the baby was a girl, the grandmother would pressure her to abort this second daughter, so she refused to go with her to the hospital.

When Bao-Jun was born a beautiful baby girl, her grandmother was extremely upset.  She pressured Bao-Jun’s mother to “give her away.”  Too often, to “give her away” means to leave a baby girl in a field to die.

Luckily, a Women’s Rights Without Frontiers’ (WRWF) undercover fieldworker discovered Bao-Jun’s mother. Our fieldworker told her that we are helping mothers keep their daughters – especially second 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 Bao-Jun’s mother a monthly stipend for a year to empower her to keep her daughter. With the help of this stipend, Bao-Jun’s mother is raising Bao-Jun.

Our “Save a Girl” program may have saved Bao-Jun’s life. Bao-Jun’s mother told the grandmother that people from the other side of the world plan to help Bao-Jun, so her own family member should love her more.

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 Bao-Jun? 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 Bao-Jun, 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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WRWF to Host Panel at United Nations: Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women and Girls in Rural Asia

Women’s Rights Without Frontiers will host a panel at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW).  The event, entitled, “Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women and Girls in Rural Asia,” will take place Thursday, March 22, from 6:15 to 7:45pm 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, “This is the second year that the UNCSW approved WRWF to host an event ourselves.  I am thrilled to have been invited back and delighted to host Dr. Joel Brind.  It will be such an honor to speak to the attendees of the UNCSW – eminent women from all over the world.”

Littlejohn will focus her remarks on the suffering caused by forced abortion and the sex-selective abortion of baby girls in rural China and India, as well as WRWF’s answer through our “Save a Girl” Campaign.  Dr. Brind will focus on studies of women in Asia linking abortion with increased risk of breast cancer.

 

Speakers and topics will include:

Reggie Littlejohn, Founder & President

Women’s Rights Without Frontiers

“Forced Abortion and Gendercide in China, and Campaigns to Empower Women and Girls in Rural China’”

 

Dr. Joel Brind, Visiting Fellow, Professor of Human Biology, Endocrinology, Baruch College, City University of New York

Co-Founder, Breast Cancer Prevention Institute

“Abortion and Breast Cancer Among Women of China and South Asia”

 

The event will take place on the2nd Floor of the United Nations Church Center, 777 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY 10017-3521.   Once on the 2nd Floor, participants will be directed to the room.

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Save a Girl for Valentine’s Day!

Ming Shu, a baby girl saved by WRWF’s Save a Girl Campaign

This Valentine’s Day, will you honor a woman or girl in your life who you love by saving a girl – a girl like Ming Shu?

Look at adorable baby “Ming Shu.”  Who wouldn’t love her?

Yet, Ming Shu is an unwanted second daughter.  Ming Shu’s mother and father had just had a daughter and did not plan to get pregnant again so quickly.  Because of the new “Two Child Policy” allowing second children, her mother thought that continuing the pregnancy would be allowed.

However, the Two Child Policy did not help Ming Shu’s mother at all.  After Ming Shu was born, her mother still had to pay a large fee to the Family Planning Office, and faced sterilization.  Having a second daughter meant that Ming Shu’s mother had used up her quota of children and would not be able to have a baby boy.  Her family wanted a son, so they pressured Ming Shu’s mother to “give away” her baby girl.  In the Chinese countryside, to “give away” a baby girl too often means to leave her in a field to die. Ming Shu’s mother wanted to keep her daughter.  She was extremely distressed and did not know what to do.

Thankfully, a Women’s Rights Without Frontiers’ (WRWF) undercover fieldworker found Ming Shu’s mother before it was too late.  Our fieldworker told her that we are helping mothers keep their girls because we believe that girls are just as good as boys.  Our fieldworker offered Ming Shu’s mother a monthly stipend for a year to empower her to keep her daughter.  With the help of this stipend, Ming Shu’s mother is defying the pressure from her family and is raising beautiful Ming Shu.

Our “Save a Girl” program saved Ming Shu’s life.  Her mother couldn’t believe that someone would help them just because she had a baby girl.

This Valentine’s Day, will you help “Save a Girl” by honoring the women and girls that you love?

What better way of expressing gratitude for the woman or girl 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 woman or girl 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 Ming Shu?  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 Ming Shu, 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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Activist Zhang Lin, Father of Anni Zhang, Arrived in New York Today

Reggie Greets Zhang Lin at the JFK Airport

 

NEW YORK. Veteran Chinese activist, Zhang Lin, will arrive in New York this afternoon, according to Reggie Littlejohn, President of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers. Littlejohn and her husband, Robert, have been raising Zhang Lin’s younger daughter, Anni (age 15), since September 2013, and welcomed his older daughter, Ruli (age 23), into their home for about eighteen months to help her transition to life in the United States. Littlejohn worked tirelessly to bring Anni and Ruli to the United States, and has done the same for their father as well.

Littlejohn stated, “Zhang Lin is a brave hero who has sacrificed deeply on behalf of human rights in China. I am overjoyed that he will be able to hug his precious daughters tomorrow. He will be so proud of them. Anni was just a ten-year-old child when Zhang Lin last saw her. Now, she is fifteen and a lovely young woman. She speaks perfect English, is a straight-A student, and performed piano in Carnegie Hall in 2016. Meanwhile, Ruli has a great job and has earned her real estate license. Meanwhile, she is going to school part time to earn a degree in accounting. Both Anni and Ruli are active members of our Church. They have made a brilliant transition to life in the United States. My husband and I feel it has been a privilege to be their American father and mother.”

Concerning her father’s arrival, Anni said, “I can’t believe this is happening. I’ve been waiting for this day for four years!”

Zhang Lin has been detained several times for a total of sixteen years for his pro-democracy advocacy in China. At age 10, his daughter, Anni, was taken out of her fourth grade classroom and detained overnight. She was not allowed to attend school and she and her father were placed under house arrest. She is known as “China’s youngest prisoner of conscience.”

Littlejohn continued, “I would like to thank John Kamm, president of the Dui Hua Foundation, for his decades of advocacy on behalf of Zhang Lin. I would also like to thank Jing Zhang, president of Women’s Rights in China, and activist Yao Cheng, for all their help on behalf of Zhang Lin. Congressman Chris Smith was instrumental in helping Anni and her sister come to the United States. All of them laid the groundwork for this happy day.”

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