This week women in many nations celebrate great advances in women’s rights. Women in other nations have seen a decline. Women’s Rights Without Frontiers is dedicated to the plight of more than half a billion Chinese women who live under the iron fist of the One Child Policy. They have had perhaps their most fundamental right stripped away: the right to bear children. And let us not forget the estimated 100 million missing women who are victims of “gendercide,” the sex-selective abortion of baby girls.
WRWF President Reggie Littlejohn stated, “The coercive enforcement of China’s One Child Policy causes more violence against women and girls than any other official policy on earth. It is the greatest women’s rights issue in the world today. It does not matter whether you are pro-life or pro-choice on this issue. No one supports forced abortion, because it is not a choice.”
Watch a 4-minute video, “Stop Forced Abortion.” http://www.womensrightswithoutfrontiers.org/?nav=stop-forced-abortion
Sign a petition to stop forced abortion: http://www.womensrightswithoutfrontiers.org/index.php?nav=sign_our_petition
Not only are the women themselves persecuted, but those who stand up for them are persecuted as well. Blind activist Chen Guangcheng is a hero in China, because he has had the courage to stand up against the hated One Child Policy. Chen exposed the systematic and widespread use of forced abortions and sterilizations in Linyi City in 2005. For this he was jailed for four years and three months, tortured, and denied medical treatment. Last year a video featuring Chen Guangcheng was leaked to the West. Chen and his wife, Yuan Weijing, were “beaten senseless” in retaliation for the release of the video. They were denied medical treatment.
Last month WRWF learned that Chen Guangcheng is seriously ill. According to a CHRD report, Chen was seen to take a few steps in the courtyard. “He looked pale and moved unsteadily. Only a few steps out of the door he fainted and fell to the ground.” WRWF calls for the immediate, unconditional release from house arrest of Chen Guangcheng and his family, and for urgent medical treatment.
Littlejohn stated, “Chen sacrificed everything to tell the world the brutal truth about forced abortion in China. He is a warrior for women’s rights. Now it’s our turn to sacrifice on behalf of Chen by fighting for his freedom.”
Watch a video demanding freedom for Chen and his family: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OpVJidDqVJo
Sign a petition to Free Chen Guangcheng: http://www.womensrightswithoutfrontiers.org/index.php?nav=chen-guangcheng