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

Credit: Asia Wire

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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A Gentle but Urgent Nudge – Please Give Today!

One of hundreds of baby girls saved by our Save a Girl Campaign.

We’ve got $5,000 in Matching Funds – Double Your Impact!

Dear friend,

Do you love what we do?  Then please support us!  You can help save the life of a child on the other side of the earth!

With only days left in 2017, this is your best opportunity to donate to Women’s Rights Without Frontiers.

Because we have matching funds, a gift of $10 would become $20, or $35 would become $70!

At this moment, countless Chinese women can feel their baby stirring in their womb, but fear the future.  They’re helpless to shield their “illegal” babies from the coercive Two Child Policy.  Or they may be forced to abandon or abort their daughters because of brutal son preference.

In 2018, we want to be their to help them, fighting for their rights and even coming to their door with help direct from you.

We’re still far from our $50,000 goal, we need to continue and expand, but we’re confident we can make it!

If you’ve already given, Thank you!  But if not . . .

There are only a few days left to make your tax-deductible gift to WRWF this year, which will be matched dollar to dollar if you donate now.

Thank you so much for all you do!

 

Reggie Littlejohn

Women’s Rights Without Frontiers

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Double Your Impact! We Have Matching Funds!

Baby rescued from gendercide by WRWF’s “Save a Girl” campaign

We’ve got $5,000 in Matching Funds – Double Your Impact!

The last days of December are here, dark and short as ever. But there’s some good news, too.

In these last days before New Year’s Eve, you’ve got a chance to make your charitable donation go twice as far.

For every dollar we receive at Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, a generous donor has agreed to match that dollar and make it two, for up to $5,000. We’re still far from that mark, and we need $40,000 to reach our goal for 2017.

We are a small organization with a big impact.  Will you help us?

Your gift will go a long way for victims of forced population control simply by helping us keep up the pressure through public advocacy.

Or, donations can be marked for our Save a Girl Campaign and go straight to needy families in China, where $25 a month could help a mother stand up against often intense pressure to abort or abandon her baby girl.  These mothers and girls need our help!

If you’ve already given, Thank You.  If not, please remember, if you donate now, even a small gift will be doubled.

We are a 501(c)(3) donor supported non-profit.  Your gift is tax-deductible under U.S. tax law.  And it’s doubled because of our $5,000 in matching funds!

Thank you. Your generosity is what keeps us going!

 

Reggie Littlejohn

President, Women’s Rights Without Frontiers

 

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Girl Saved from Sex-Selective Abortion, With Your Help!

“Ai Jia” – One of hundreds of babies saved by WRWF

Dear Friend,   

As 2017 draws to an end, we at Women’s Rights Without Frontiers want to thank you for joining us in what we believe is the biggest human rights battle in the world.

Because of you, baby girls like “Ai Jia” have escaped the tyranny of China’s brutal son preference and are the pride and joy of their families. Now that’s joy to the world!

Ai Jia’s mother was pregnant three times before she discovered she was pregnant with Ai Jia. Her first child is a daughter. With her next two pregnancies, when she found out she was pregnant with girls, her in-laws pressured her to abort them. Her husband’s parents really wanted a grandson and could not accept a second granddaughter.  This is the plight of many second daughters in China.

Then, Ai Jia’s mother found out that she was pregnant again, with a fourth girl.  Her mother-in-law began to pressure Ai Jia’s mother again, insisting that she give this baby to a childless couple living 300 miles away from their remove village.

Ai Jia’s mother did not want to abort or abandon her daughter, but she not know what to do!  Our undercover fieldworker arrived at her door just in time with a message of hope and the resources to back it up.  She offered Ai Jia’s mother a monthly stipend for a year to help her keep Ai Jia.

Ai Jia’s mother had already had two sex-selective abortions.  Because of our fieldworker’s emotional encouragement and your financial support, this distraught mother is joyfully raising her beloved daughter.  She said that she is grateful that people from a faraway land have protected her and her daughter from mistreatment by their own family.

This season of giving, will you help us reach out a saving hand?

We have $5000 in matching funds, so you gift will be doubled!

We’re leading an international movement combating China’s anti-woman policies through public advocacy and real, life-saving interventions to help those most in need.  We’ve saved hundreds of baby girls!

In 2018, we’re getting ready to take it to the next level – including saving girls in India — but we’ll need your help.

Please consider making a donation today of $100, $50, or even $10 to help us save lives and fight the lies. Thanks to our matching funds, that would turn into $200, $100, or $20!

There are only a few days left in 2017.

For little girls like Ai Jia, your gift can’t wait!

With gratitude,

Reggie Littlejohn

President, Women’s Rights Without Frontiers

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We’re a Small Organization with a Big Mission! Will you help us?

Reggie Littlejohn speaks at the Heritage Foundation. Credit: Penny Starr, CNS News

Dear Friend,

I want to tell you what we’re up against in 2018 – and to ask you to help us meet the enormous challenges ahead.

At Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, we are world leaders in the fight to keep China accountable for its cruel forced population control policies – a battle most governments have given up on.

With your help, in 2017:

– We took the lead in exposing continued forced abortion under China’s new Two-Child Policy, especially of single mothers and third babies.

– We successfully advocated for the ending of US funding of coercive population control in China through the UNFPA and International Planned Parenthood.

– And of course, as of this year, hundreds of baby girls and moms have been saved from coercive population control and deadly son preference thanks to our “Save A Girl” campaign!

There’s no doubt: we’re impacting the global conversation on China. This is a big victory!

But here’s the thing: the Chinese government wants to get us off their back, and they know how to do it.

Last year, the Chinese government made the misleading announcement that they were “abandoning” the One Child Policy.  This was a convenient way to shut down news headlines exposing their brutal population control, without ending the actual practice.  Forced abortion and gendercide continue under the “Two Child Policy.”

The sad thing is, this actually worked. Media everywhere started discussing the coercive One Child Policy as a thing of the past!  And we are letting the world know that it’s still happening!

In 2018, we’ve got to keep China from getting away with this “change in name only.”

Will you please join us?

We have $5000 in matching funds, so your gift will be doubled!

Your gift will help us save women and babies from forced population control, one baby at a time, through our ever-growing Save a Girl campaign.

You’ll also help us keep up the global pressure on behalf of countless other families who fall victim to forced abortions and forced sterilization under the Two Child Policy – even as we speak.

Because of your generosity, we have the power to fight these terrible tragedies, and help the oppressed families of China see the day when the dignity of a woman and her child is truly honored and loved at last.

There are only a few days left to make your gift this year. You can make a difference in the lives of countless families who have nowhere else to turn!

The Chinese Communist Party has announced that it has “prevented” 400 million lives through it’s One (now Two)-Child Policy.  That’s more than the entire populations of the United States and Canada Combined.  Far too many of these lives were “prevented” through forced abortion and sterilization.

Thank you for joining forces with us against the greatest crime against women and girls in the world today!

With gratitude,

Reggie Littlejohn

Women’s Rights Without Frontiers

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