Have Researchers Really “Found” Many of China’s 30 Million Missing Girls?

Baby rescued from gendercide by WRWF's "Save a Girl" campaign

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

 

 

Some girls may be hidden, but sex-selective abortion and abandonment are still very serious problems in China.

 

An article came out in the Washington Post Wednesday entitled, “Researchers may have ‘found’ many of China’s 30 million missing girls.”  The researchers – John Kennedy of the University of Kansas and Shi Yaojiang of Shaanxi Normal University – argue that many of these girls “might not have been killed after all . . . [but] may, in fact, simply not have been registered.”

 

Kennedy states, “People think 30 million girls are missing from the population.  That’s the population of California.”  Actually, the population of California is not 30 million, but closer to 40 million (39,144,818 in 2015). This is more than a 30% difference — not an insignificant mistake for a demographer to make.

 

Regardless of how many girls have been hidden rather than aborted or abandoned, we know that true gendercide also exists in China. Women are pressured to abort or abandon their babies just because they are girls — rather than simply hiding them.  Second daughters are particularly vulnerable. Women’s Rights Without Frontiers has boots on the ground in one area of rural China. Our “Save a Girl” Campaign has saved hundreds of baby girls from abortion or abandonment, because they are girls.

 

The idea that Chinese families sometimes hide an “illegal” child is not news. Daughters are hidden more often than sons, as son preference leads families to save their “hukou” (household registration) for a boy.  There is a level of uncertainty in the census numbers coming out of China, as families have an incentive to misrepresent the number of children they have, either to evade a forced abortion before the child is born, or to avoid paying crushing “terror fines,” which can reach 10 times a couple’s annual salary, after the child is born. All of this is well established.

 

When a child (usually a girl) is hidden, she will have no official existence — she will have no health care or access to education, for example.  No one knows how many children exist without hukou — illegal aliens in their own land. This is the reason that the man in Shaanxi quoted in the article referred to his illegal daughter as “the nonexistent one.”  I have long maintained that the hukou system, which discriminates against girls, should be abolished.

 

The idea that most if not all the 30 million missing women in China can be found among this illegal population, however, is improbable.  Researcher Kennedy states, “If 30 million women are truly missing, then there’s going to be more males than females of marriageable age as they start looking for wives.”  Agreed.

 

And of course, that’s exactly what’s happening, with the formation of “Bachelor Villages,” and the new law that Chinese women cannot marry men of a different race.  Also, China is one of the worst countries in terms of sexual slavery — driven by the gender imbalance, according to the State Department’s Trafficking in Persons Report.

 

According to the 2016 State Department Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report, China’s gender imbalance, caused by the One Child Policy, is driving international human trafficking from the surrounding nations. This would not occur if 25 million women, hidden at birth, suddenly emerged 20 years later, at marriage age:

 

Women  and  children  from  neighboring  Asian  countries,
Africa, and the Americas are subjected to forced labor and
sex trafficking in China. North Korean women are subjected
to forced prostitution, forced marriage, and forced labor in
agriculture, domestic service, and factories. African and South
American women are promised legitimate jobs in China and
forced into prostitution upon arrival. The Chinese government’s
birth limitation policy and a cultural preference for sons
create 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 marriage brokers and
transported to China, where some are subjected to prostitution
or forced labor.
http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/258878.pdf, p. 130.

 

We know from our experience on the ground in rural China that many girls are not hidden, but dead. For example, we saved twin girls from abortion, because their father’s family wanted only boys.

http://www.womensrightswithoutfrontiers.org/blog/june-1-childrens-day-china-should-stop-forced-abortion-and-gendercide/

 

We have found that second daughters are especially vulnerable to abortion or abandonment.

http://www.womensrightswithoutfrontiers.org/blog/give-thanks-by-saving-a-girl-in-china-2/

 

The It’s a Girl film documents the practice of gendercide in China and India extensively.

 

Even if some of China’s 30 million missing girls and women are alive but hidden, there are still countless more that were selectively aborted or abandoned. We need to continue to fight gendercide in China. We need, moreover, to advocate for the end of the hukou system, which disproportionally impacts girls and women.

 

Related links:

 

The Lonely Men of China’s Bachelor Village 8/28/16

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-37192818

 

China’s Village of the Bachelors – no wives in sight in remote settlement 9/2/11

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2011/sep/02/china-village-of-bachelors

 

Interracial marriage in China illegal for women, but not for men 6/13/16

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865656094/Interracial-marriage-in-China-illegal-for-women-but-not-for-men.html?pg=all

 

China’s bride shortage causing a human trafficking surge in Vietnam 7/1/14

http://shanghaiist.com/2014/07/01/chinas_bride_shortage_fosters_human.php

 

 

 

 

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Open Letter to Pres. Elect Trump: Investigate International Planned Parenthood

detained woman wailing with policeDear President-Elect Trump:

WASHINGTON, D.C.  Congratulations on your election. We at Women’s Rights Without Frontierslook forward to working with you to advance women’s rights all over the world.  To that end, we respectfully request that you immediately investigate International Planned Parenthood.  If they are found to be complicit with coercive population control in China – as we believe they will be — we request that you defund them.

As you may know, China’s One Child (now Two Child) Policy has been responsible for hundreds of millions of forced abortions and sterilizations and untold human suffering.  While posturing as a champion of choice, International Planned Parenthood has in fact been working hand in hand with the population control program in China, almost since its inception.  Forced abortion is not a choice. 

Women’s Rights Without Frontiers calls for a full-scale investigation of International Planned Parenthood to determine the exact nature of its operations in China.  Transparency is demanded by the fact that IPPF receives taxpayer dollars from the United States and other nations as well.  I believe it is impossible to partner so closely with the Chinese Communist Party’s forced abortion machine without being complicit in its atrocities.  This is especially the case when this year we learned that the number of abortions in China is not 13 million, but a staggering 23 million a year.

In China, abortion has little to do with a woman’s choice. The world was shocked in 2012 when the graphic photograph of Feng Jianmei lying next to her forcibly aborted baby emerged through Women’s Rights Without Frontiers into Western media, showing millions the true face of Chinese population control.

Forced abortion continues under China’s new Two Child Policy.  On July 22, 2016, for example, a Guangdong couple was told they must have an abortion or both lose their government jobs. The wife was eight months pregnant.  On October 28, 2016, the BBC ran a groundbreaking report, interviewing a family currently in hiding to give birth to their third child.  The father stated, “If we weren’t in hiding, they would have forced us to have an abortion.”

Perhaps the best way to grasp the devastation of forced abortion is to watch our short video, Stop Forced Abortion:  China’s War Against Women    http://www.womensrightswithout frontiers.org/?nav=stop-forced -abortion

When the China Family Planning Association (CFPA) was first created in 1980, the official communique stated its purpose was to “implement government population control policies.” The International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) partnered with the CFPA as its main access to China beginning in 1983, when abuses under the then-new One-Child Policy were at their height. `

In its first decade, in collaboration with IPPF, CFPA established one million branches in China and mobilized as many as 94 million members and volunteers “all over the country.”  In fact, China was the second country to become officially recognized as a qualified member of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), after CFPA met IPPF’s 65 criteria on sexual and reproductive health issues.

Nor is this collaboration on International Planned Parenthood’s part an artifact of the past.

Today IPPF is still CFPA’s main partner, and IPPF has gone on record praising China’s notoriously coercive policy.

·      In 2009, IPPF director-general Gill Greer, called China’s One-Child Policy “very conducive to China’s development in various aspects,” including the realm of “health care services.”

·      In a 2011 letter to the editor, former Planned Parenthood Executive Vice President Norman Fleishman called China’s One Child Policy a “start” to curbing global population. At about this time IPPF’s website affirmed that it “supports the present family planning policy of the government” and that their Chinese arm “plays a very important role in China’s family planning programme.”

China’s family planning office, in turn, has expressed the importance of international cooperation and has “offered to provide population management training and contraceptive supplies to developing countries” – thus attempting to spread its abusive system.

IPPF’s site still points to CFPA as its main operations hub in China and has recently publicized its good relationship with the Chinese government.  In 2013, following a change in China’s leadership, IPPF described its meeting with new Chinese premier Li Kequiang and mutual plans to “strengthen the partnership” between China and IPPF.

If International Planned Parenthood stands for ‘choice,’ then why are they working hand in hand with the Chinese Communist Party’s coercive population control machine?

Further, according to the most recent State Department Report, the annual number of abortions in China has increased from 13 to 23 million a year.  Twenty-three 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.

Americans and the international community have a stake in this problem because our tax money helps fund it.  According to a March 2015 report from the United States Government Accountability Office, International Planned Parenthood has received U.S. taxpayer dollars.  According to its own financial report, International Planned Parenthood receives funds from other governments, the United Nations Family Planning Fund (UNFPA), and private foundations as well.

To the extent that the United States and other western governments are financing IPPF through taxpayer money without requiring transparency or accountability regarding IPPF’s operations in China, the blood of Chinese women and babies is on our hands.   We call upon the Chinese government to cease all coercive population control.  We also call upon the United States and other governmental bodies to stop using taxpayer money to collaborate with coercive population control in China through IPPF’s long-standing partnership with the brutal China Family Planning Association.  Rather, they should launch a full-scale investigation of IPPF’s operations in China.

One out of every five women in the world lives in China.  The women of the world will not be free until the women of China are free.

President-Elect Trump, you are in a unique position to defund IPPF.  We look forward to the day when US Taxpayer dollars are no longer used to support the coercive population control machine in China.

With best wishes,

Reggie Littlejohn

Reggie Littlejohn, President
Women’s Rights Without Frontiers

Related links:

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

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

36th Anniversary of China’s One (Now Two) Child Policy – Forced Abortion Continues; 23 Million Abortions a Year http://www.womensrightswithout frontiers.org/blog/36th-annive rsary-of-chinas-one-now-two-ch ild-policy-forced-abortion-con tinues-23-million-abortions-a- year/

U.K. Parliament: Lords Hansard 25 October 2001 http://www.publications.parlia ment.uk/pa/ld200102/ldhansrd/v o011025/text/11025-04.htm

China passes qualification test of Int’l Planned Parenthood Federation (30 Oct 2006) http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/c hina/2006-10/30/content_720378 .htm

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

China’s population policy draws wide praise, Xinhua News Agency (28 Sept 2009)
http://news.xinhuanet.com/engl ish/2009-09/28/content_1212299 9.htm

World’s increasing population presents today’s real threat: Norman Fleishman letter to the editor, Napa Valley Register (9 Aug 2011) http://napavalleyregister.com/ news/opinion/mailbag/world-s-i ncreasing-population-presents- todays-real-threat/article_574 5ddc0-c243-11e0-8b1b-001cc4c00 2e0.html

China endorses IPPF’s Vision2020 (IPPF.org) http://www.ippf.org/news/China -endorses-IPPF-s-Vision2020

International Planned Parenthood’s partnership with the China Family Planning Association (CFPA)  http://www.ippf.org/about-us/m ember-associations/china

U.S. Government General Accounting Office Report of March 20, 2015, requested by dozens of Congressional representatives, regarding federal funding of several organizations, including International Planned Parenthood
http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/ 669140.pdf

The China Family Planning Association is a “full member” of IPPF http://eng.chinafpa.org.cn/por tal.php

 The China Family Planning Association’s “mission is to act as a channel for external resources and expertise while taking a role in public mobilization and education for population and health programs.” http://eng.chinafpa.org.cn/por tal.php?mod=list&catid=1

 IPPF meets the new Chinese Vice Minister of Health to discuss stronger partnership on sexual and reproductive health http://www.ippf.org/news/annou ncements/ippf-meets-new-chines e-vice-minister-health-discuss -stronger-partnership-sexual

 IPPF’s Financial Statements http://www.ippf.org/about-ippf /financial

 Safe Abortion Action Fund (IPPF.org) http://www.ippf.org/our-approa ch/programmes/Safe-Abortion-Ac tion-Fund

 IPPF’s 2014-15 Financial Report, listing grants by governments and foundations at pp. 31-33 http://www.ippf.org/sites/defa ult/files/financialreport_2014 -2015.pdf

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Today is Giving Tuesday! We have matching funds!

We’ve Received $5000 in Matching Funds!

We need $50,000 to continue our work!

We only ask for support once a year!

This girl is one of hundreds of babies saved by our “Save a Girl” Campaign.

This girl is one of hundreds of babies saved by our “Save a Girl” Campaign.

Dear Friends:

In this season of giving, please remember the women and babies of China, who are still enduring conditions that are beyond imagination.  At this moment, there are women in China who have gotten pregnant without a “birth permit” and are still in danger of being dragged away for a forced abortion. Baby girls in China are still in danger of selective abortion and abandonment.

You may have heard that China has “abandoned” its One Child Policy. This is not true. Regarding the new Two-Child Policy, blind activist Chen Guangcheng tweeted, “This is nothing to be happy about. First the (Chinese government) would kill any baby after one. Now they will kill any baby after two.”

This father’s family is in hiding to avoid the forced abortion of their third child. Credit: BBC

This father’s family is in hiding to avoid the forced abortion of their third child. Credit: BBC

The brutality continues. Under China’s new Two-Child Policy, unmarried mothers and third babies are still being forcibly aborted. On July 22, 2016, for example, a Guangdong couple was told they must have an abortion or both lose their government jobs. The wife was eight months pregnant. On October 28, 2016, the BBC ran a groundbreaking report, interviewing a family currently in hiding to give birth to their third child. The father stated, “If we weren’t in hiding, they would have forced us to have an abortion.”

Baby girl rescued from toilet, Beijing August 2015

Baby girl rescued from toilet, Beijing August 2015

Further, according to the most recent State Department Report, the number of abortions in China has increased from 13 to 23 million a year. 23 million abortions a year comes to 63,013 abortions a day, 2625 abortions an hour, 43 per minute!

Meanwhile, China leads the world in the sex-selective abortion of baby girls. Our Save a Girl campaign is saving the lives of baby girls at risk of being aborted or abandoned because of son preference in China! Through our network of on-the- ground fieldworkers, we are able to reach women who are pregnant with or who have just given birth to a girl, and are being pressured to abort or abandon her. We offer these mothers encouragement and a monthly stipend for a year, empowering them to keep their daughters. We have an overwhelming success rate and have saved hundreds of precious babies through this campaign.

After two years’ study, Anni won a competition play at Carnegie Hall in December 2016.

After two years’ study, Anni won a competition play at Carnegie Hall in December 2016.

We also rescued Zhang Anni, the persecuted daughter of dissident Zhang Lin. She was called “China’s youngest prisoner of conscience,” as she was kidnapped out of her elementary school at age 10 and detained overnight. The Chinese government persecuted Anni in an attempt to silence her heroic father. We raised the visibility of Anni’s case internationally and then conducted quiet diplomacy to get her out of China. She is now living with my husband and me and we are raising her as our own daughter. After only two years of study, Anni won a piano competition and will be performing in Carnegie Hall in December 2016! We are so proud of our beautiful, talented Chinese daughter. She is a constant reminder of the beauty and brilliance that are being lost every day in China through sex-selective abortion.

Reggie has been called “the leading voice” in the movement to end forced abortion and gendercide in China.

Reggie has been called “the leading voice” in the movement to end forced abortion and gendercide in China.

Women’s Rights Without Frontiers has been called the “leading voice” in the battle against forced abortion and gendercide in China. Indeed, I was astonished and humbled to be named one of the “Top Ten People” of 2013 by Inside the Vatican magazine. We have testified eight times at the U.S. Congress, three times at the European Parliament, twice at the British Parliament, and have briefed the Canadian Parliament, the State Department, the White House, the United Nations and the Vatican. Our efforts have been fruitful. Both the European Parliament and the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women have issued statements condemning forced abortion.

Women’s Rights Without Frontiers needs your support to continue. We need to raise $50,000.00 to continue our work. Please prayerfully consider partnering with us in fighting perhaps the greatest injustice of our age.

While a student at Yale Law School, Reggie had the privilege of working with Saint Mother Teresa in Calcutta.

While a student at Yale Law School, Reggie had the privilege of working with Saint Mother Teresa in Calcutta.

The women and babies of China urgently need your help! If you would like to partner with us, please mail a check made out to Women’s Rights Without Frontiers to:

Women’s Rights Without Frontiers

1919 Gunston Way

San Jose, CA 95124

With gratitude,

Reggie Littlejohn, President

Women’s Rights Without Frontiers

WRWF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, California Non-Profit

Corporation # 3296236; EIN # 90-0591575EIN. Donations are tax-

deductible to the extent allowed by U.S. law.

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Tomorrow is Giving Tuesday!

We’ve Received $5000 in Matching Funds!

We need $50,000 to continue our work!

We only ask for support once a year!

This girl is one of hundreds of babies saved by our “Save a Girl” Campaign.

This girl is one of hundreds of babies saved by our “Save a Girl” Campaign.

Dear Friends:

In this season of giving, please remember the women and babies of China, who are still enduring conditions that are beyond imagination.  At this moment, there are women in China who have gotten pregnant without a “birth permit” and are still in danger of being dragged away for a forced abortion. Baby girls in China are still in danger of selective abortion and abandonment.

You may have heard that China has “abandoned” its One Child Policy. This is not true. Regarding the new Two-Child Policy, blind activist Chen Guangcheng tweeted, “This is nothing to be happy about. First the (Chinese government) would kill any baby after one. Now they will kill any baby after two.”

This father’s family is in hiding to avoid the forced abortion of their third child. Credit: BBC

This father’s family is in hiding to avoid the forced abortion of their third child. Credit: BBC

The brutality continues. Under China’s new Two-Child Policy, unmarried mothers and third babies are still being forcibly aborted. On July 22, 2016, for example, a Guangdong couple was told they must have an abortion or both lose their government jobs. The wife was eight months pregnant. On October 28, 2016, the BBC ran a groundbreaking report, interviewing a family currently in hiding to give birth to their third child. The father stated, “If we weren’t in hiding, they would have forced us to have an abortion.”

Baby girl rescued from toilet, Beijing August 2015

Baby girl rescued from toilet, Beijing August 2015

Further, according to the most recent State Department Report, the number of abortions in China has increased from 13 to 23 million a year. 23 million abortions a year comes to 63,013 abortions a day, 2625 abortions an hour, 43 per minute!

Meanwhile, China leads the world in the sex-selective abortion of baby girls. Our Save a Girl campaign is saving the lives of baby girls at risk of being aborted or abandoned because of son preference in China! Through our network of on-the- ground fieldworkers, we are able to reach women who are pregnant with or who have just given birth to a girl, and are being pressured to abort or abandon her. We offer these mothers encouragement and a monthly stipend for a year, empowering them to keep their daughters. We have an overwhelming success rate and have saved hundreds of precious babies through this campaign.

After two years’ study, Anni won a competition play at Carnegie Hall in December 2016.

After two years’ study, Anni won a competition play at Carnegie Hall in December 2016.

We also rescued Zhang Anni, the persecuted daughter of dissident Zhang Lin. She was called “China’s youngest prisoner of conscience,” as she was kidnapped out of her elementary school at age 10 and detained overnight. The Chinese government persecuted Anni in an attempt to silence her heroic father. We raised the visibility of Anni’s case internationally and then conducted quiet diplomacy to get her out of China. She is now living with my husband and me and we are raising her as our own daughter. After only two years of study, Anni won a piano competition and will be performing in Carnegie Hall in December 2016! We are so proud of our beautiful, talented Chinese daughter. She is a constant reminder of the beauty and brilliance that are being lost every day in China through sex-selective abortion.

Reggie has been called “the leading voice” in the movement to end forced abortion and gendercide in China.

Reggie has been called “the leading voice” in the movement to end forced abortion and gendercide in China.

Women’s Rights Without Frontiers has been called the “leading voice” in the battle against forced abortion and gendercide in China. Indeed, I was astonished and humbled to be named one of the “Top Ten People” of 2013 by Inside the Vatican magazine. We have testified eight times at the U.S. Congress, three times at the European Parliament, twice at the British Parliament, and have briefed the Canadian Parliament, the State Department, the White House, the United Nations and the Vatican. Our efforts have been fruitful. Both the European Parliament and the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women have issued statements condemning forced abortion.

Women’s Rights Without Frontiers needs your support to continue. We need to raise $50,000.00 to continue our work. Please prayerfully consider partnering with us in fighting perhaps the greatest injustice of our age.

While a student at Yale Law School, Reggie had the privilege of working with Saint Mother Teresa in Calcutta.

While a student at Yale Law School, Reggie had the privilege of working with Saint Mother Teresa in Calcutta.

The women and babies of China urgently need your help! If you would like to partner with us, please mail a check made out to Women’s Rights Without Frontiers to:

Women’s Rights Without Frontiers

1919 Gunston Way

San Jose, CA 95124

 

With gratitude,

Reggie Littlejohn, President

Women’s Rights Without Frontiers

 

WRWF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, California Non-Profit

Corporation # 3296236; EIN # 90-0591575EIN. Donations are tax-

deductible to the extent allowed by U.S. law.

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Give Thanks by Saving a Girl in China

girlWomen’s Rights Without Frontiers wishes your family a very happy Thanksgiving!  As you gather with your family to give thanks, is there a woman or girl in your life you’d like to thank – for just being her? If so, here is a creative way to let her know you care!

For Thanksgiving, you can help “Save a Girl” by “thanking a girl” – more info below!

Isn’t this baby girl just precious?

She has the face of an angel.  A mother couldn’t help but want to show off a beautiful daughter like this to her neighborhood, let alone the whole world.

Unless this girl was a despised “second daughter.”

Meet “Bai Jun.” Loved as she is by her mother, she was hated by her father and his parents.

Bai Jun was a three-month old baby when we found her.  She has an older sister, making her a second daughter.  Many second daughters are aborted or abandoned in China.  Even under the new Two-Child Policy, where the first baby is a girl, many couples insist that the second baby must be a boy.  Many of the babies we have saved are second daughters.

Bai Jun’s grandmother from her father’s side looks down on her mother, because she comes from a poor family.  When her mother gave birth to her older sister, her grandmother was upset. Before Bai Jun was born, her grandmother pressured her mother to have an ultrasound to determine the baby’s gender. Her mother refused, because she knew that if the baby was a girl, the grandmother would pressure her to abort her daughter.

At first, Bai Jun’s father stood up for her mother, protecting her from the pressure to have an ultrasound.  He must have thought that Bai Jun was going to be a boy, because as soon as she was born, her father began to side with his own mother against his Bai Jun and her mother.

Bai Jun’s mother began to cry often. She was afraid that her husband would leave her because she had given him two daughters and no son. Bai Jun’s mother said,  “This little girl is a very quiet baby.  She is so innocent.  She has no idea what is happening in the world.”  Bai Jun’s mother said that she would like to keep both girls with her.  She is determined somehow to survive even without her husband’s support.

But how?  She has no money or means of support, and she has two little mouths to feed?  Often, this constant stress and financial strain can lead a family to do the unthinkable – to give away or to abandon their baby girl.  The situation was desperate.

When Women’s Rights Without Frontiers found out about Bai Jun’s situation, our undercover fieldworker knocked on the door of Bai Jun’s home and gave her mother a message of hope.  She told her, “Girls are as good as boys.  Both of your daughters are precious and you are right to want to keep them both.”

Our fieldworker told Bai Jun’s mother about our “Save a Girl” program.  She told them we provide a monthly stipend to families to empower them to keep their girl.  Bai Jun’s mother responded gratefully, telling our fieldworker, “God has extended a helping hand to me, bringing  hope into a situation that had been hopeless for me and my two lovely daughters.”

This Thanksgiving, will you help “Save a Girl” by giving thanks for yours?

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 a message 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 Bai Jun? So far, we have saved 200 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 Bai Jun, who may 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.

YES, I WANT TO HELP END GENDERCIDE AND FORCED ABORTION IN CHINA!

Your donation enables Women’s Rights Without Frontiers to continue to be a voice for the voiceless women and children of China. This huge effort comes at a cost. We need your support. Please give as generously as you can. Every donation makes a difference!

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Chinese Family Hides to Escape Forced Abortion of Third Child

Screenshot of BBC video

Screenshot of BBC video

In a triumph of investigative journalism, 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.”

The adjustment from one child to two children per couple took place one year ago last week.  To mark this anniversary, Sudworth aimed to discover what this policy shift 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.” 

Reggie Littlejohn, President of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, stated:  “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,” Littlejohn continued.  “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.”

Littlejohn continued, “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.

Littlejohn said further, “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.”

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Reggie Littlejohn Keynotes Yale Conference

Reggie Littlejohn at Yale, September 2016

Reggie Littlejohn at Yale, September 2016

Reggie Littlejohn delivered the keynote address for the Vita et Veritas Conference at Yale University earlier this month.  Students from many colleges, including Harvard, Princeton and Wesleyan Universities were present at the packed event. 

Littlejohn’s talk was entitled,  “Fighting Forced Abortion and Gendercide – The Real War Against Women.”  A graduate of Yale Law School, Littlejohn began by recalling her student days.  One memory stood above the rest:

I’ll never forget was walking around the campus with a new student who had just escaped persecution for his faith in Africa.  He had been jailed and tortured, had somehow managed to escape and was a special student at the Divinity School.  I asked him, “So, what do you think of America?”  I expected him to praise our freedom of thought and religion, but his response surprised me.  He said, “People have so much freedom here, they don’t know what to do with it.”  By the look in his eyes, I knew what he meant – that people in America who had never suffered persecution — who had never shed their blood to stand for the truth — were living blissfully self-centered lives, never giving a thought to those who are suffering under totalitarian regimes worldwide.  We could do so much, if we would only use our freedom to help others.  I determined on the spot to use my freedom to help those who are not free.

Littlejohn spoke about her experience working with Mother Teresa

Littlejohn spoke about her experience working with Mother Teresa

Littlejohn also recounted her time working with Mother Teresa, especially her time working the newly canonized saint’s home for abandoned baby girls:

There is one young girl whose spine and limbs were twisted like a dishrag. She could not talk and had so much difficulty eating that it took me over an hour to heed her a small bowl of porridge, most of which ran down the sides of her face and into her ears. She weighed about 20 pounds and appeared to be two or tree years old. Trying to calculate her age, I thought I might hit the mark at nine. A sister who worked in the home told me that this young woman was 22 years old.

The sister said that her mind is normal and she understands Bengali and English. When I first worked with her I thought, “What is the point of preserving someone like this for a long life of suffering?” But the alternative would have been an abomination to the sisters, whose order is founded on the belief that Jesus is first found in the poorest and most wretched souls on earth. Eventually, I found that I have something to learn from this young woman, whose bright smile is full of joy and love. I felt humble next to her, since her greatness of spirit enables her to be a “light of the world,” shining blessings on others in a circumstance that probably would have made me a bitter and angry person. 

Littlejohn discussed how Mother Teresa’s work saving baby girls in India was a great influence on Littlejohn’s dedication to saving girls in China.

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Presidential Debate: Clinton WRONG on Forced Abortion in China

 

clinton-debate-10-19-16In the Presidential debate against Donald Trump last night, Hillary Clinton made the following statement:  I’ve been to countries where governments either forced women to have abortions, like they used to do in China . . . (emphasis added).

See, Trump, Clinton Spar Over Late-Term Abortions (at 1:00-1:05)
http://video.foxnews.com/v/5177606697001/trump-clinton-spar-over-late-term-abortions/?#sp=show-clips

Reggie Littlejohn, President of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, stated, “With all her experience as former Secretary of State, it is untrue and deeply disappointing for Hillary Clinton to put the Chinese government’s practice of forced abortion in the past. If she thinks that China no longer forces women to abort babies, she should explain that to a couple, surnamed Zhong, who in August of this year were forced to choose between an abortion at eight months or the loss of both of their government jobs.   Or she should inform He Liping, who was forced either to pay an impossible “terror fine” of $39,000 or face abortion at six months.

“Or perhaps she should read the May 4, 2016, BBC article entitled ‘Reinventing China’s Abortion Police,’ which 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.” 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:

  • Coercive pregnancy screening continues. Under the Two-Child Policy, Family Planning Police continue to screen women of child-bearing age for pregnancy four times a year.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Littlejohn concluded: “The Chinese Communist Party has not agreed to get out of the bedrooms of the Chinese people, and Presidential candidates should not be stating or implying that they have. We need to keep the international pressure on the Chinese Communist Party until all coercive population control is eradicated.”

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

Watch — Stop Forced Abortion – China’s War on Women! Video (4 mins)http://www.womensrightswithoutfrontiers.org/?nav=stop-forced-abortion

Related Links:

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

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

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

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/

 

 

 

 

 

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International Day of the Girl Child: Girl Baby Saved from Sex-Selective Abortion

baby-girlOctober 11 is the International Day of the Girl Child.  As we celebrate the beloved women and girls in our lives, let us also remember the 200 million girls worldwide who have been the victims of sex-selective abortion — girls like “Lian,” who was almost aborted, but whose life was saved by our “Save a Girl” campaign.

Lian’s family lives in a remote village in rural China, where life is hard.  Life for Lian’s mother is especially hard. Her grandfather on her mother’s side suffers from paralysis.  His condition has caused financial hardship because the family has no insurance, so they have spent all their money on his medical care.  They have even taken loans from relatives, though they do not know how they will be able to pay these off.

Lian’s mother was already very stressed when she found out that she was pregnant.  Her family told her it was not a good time to have a baby, but they were willing to support the pregnancy if the child were a boy.  When the doctor told them that she was pregnant with a girl, Lian’s grandmother on her father’s side began to pressure her mother to have an abortion. 

This poor mother did not want to abort her daughter, but she did not know what to do.  Then, she heard about our “Save a Girl” Campaign and reached out to us for help to save her daughter’s life.  A fieldworker traveled to Lian’s village, knocked on the door of their humble home and offered hope.  She told Lian’s mother that girls are just as precious as boys.  She offered  Lian’s mother a monthly stipend for a year to empower her to keep her daughter. 

Lian’s mother gratefully accepted our offer of help.  She gave birth to Lian, a beautiful and healthy baby girl, and she is delighted with her new daughter.  Lian’s mother told our fieldworker that, without our help, she “would have no chance to see her daughter, who now makes her so happy.”

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

In honor of the International Day of the Girl Child, won’t you help us save more girls like Lian?  So far, we have saved more than 200 girls, and yet there are millions more who are being aborted and 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 Lian, who may 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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36th Anniversary of China’s One (Now Two) Child Policy — Forced Abortion Continues; 23 Million Abortions a Year

family-planning-china-one-child-posterNEW YORK.  China’s One Child (not Two Child) Policy turns 36 this week (September 25).  Reggie Littlejohn, President of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, stated, “The One (now Two) Child Policy has been responsible for hundreds of millions of forced abortions and sterilizations and untold human suffering.  Of great concern is the fact this year we learned that the number of abortions in China is not 13 million, but a staggering 23 million a year.  It is appalling that the Chinese Communist Party has touted its “prevention” of 400 million lives through the One Child Policy as a great contribution to the fight against global warming.”

In China, abortion has little to do with a woman’s choice. The world was shocked in 2012 when the photograph of Feng Jianmei lying next to her forcibly aborted baby emerged through Women’s Rights Without Frontiers into Western media, showing millions the true face of Chinese population control.

Forced abortion continues under China’s new Two Child Policy.  On July 22, 2016, for example, a Guangdong couple was told they must have an abortion or both lose their government jobs. The wife was eight months pregnant.

According to the most recent State Department Report, the number of abortions in a year 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 nongovernmental facilities.”

Adding abortions of 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.

Further, the theme for the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women 2016 was “Women’s empowerment and the link to sustainable development.” Regarding “sustainable development,” at the U.N. Climate Conference in Copenhagen in December of 2009, a senior official responsible for the coercive population control famously stated that the One Child Policy was successful in reducing carbon emissions blamed for global warming.

According to Xinhua, Zhao Baige, then-Vice Minister of China’s National Population and Family Planning Commission, stated:

“China has managed to bring down its birth rate with the family planning policy in the past 30 years, which results in less population and less carbon dioxide emission . . . Such a decline in population growth converts into a reduction of 1.83 billion tons of carbon dioxide emission in China per annum at present. . . . The policy on family planning proves to be a great success. It not only contributes to reduction of global emission, but also provides experiences for other countries, developing countries in particular, in their pursuit for a coordinated and sustainable development.”

China has touted the elimination of 400 million lives under the coercive One Child Policy as an effective means to combat climate change.  They have also set their population control program out as a successful example for developing nations to follow.

What the Chinese government has not mentioned is the fact that too many of these lives were prevented through forced abortion and involuntary sterilization.

Human beings are not walking carbon footprints.

Forced abortion is not a choice.  It is official government rape.

Littlejohn added:  “One out of every five women in the world lives in China.  The women of the world will not be free until the women of China are free.”

Sign our petition to end forced abortion here: http://womensrightswithoutfrontiers.org/index.php?nav=sign_our_petition

Watch our video, Stop Forced Abortion:  China’s War Against Women  http://www.womensrightswithoutfrontiers.org/?nav=stop-forced-abortion

Related links:

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

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

China’s Population Policy Helps Slow Global Warming, Says Official 12/10/09 (Copenhagen) http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009-12/10/content_12624315.html

 

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