Help us save baby girls in China, like Shu Ting!

Dear Friend,

Thank you for your generous support of our efforts to stop forced abortion and gendercide in China!

Shu Ting as an infant

Shu Ting as an infant

A huge highlight of 2016 is that our network in China has grown tremendously and because of your support, we have now saved hundreds of baby girls from sex-selective abortion or abandonment!Girls like “Shu Ting,” whose mother courageously resisted the pressure of both government forced abortion and gendercide.

Shu Ting’s mother did not have a birth permit, so her pregnancy was illegal.  Her mother hid from the family planning police.  If she were caught, she would have to pay a huge fine or face forced abortion.

Even after Shu Ting was born, her mother still faced pressure to give away her baby girl. Shu Ting’s family is a poor farming family, and her mother did not know how she could feed her.

When Women’s Rights Without Frontiers learned about Shu Ting, our undercover fieldworker went to her mother with a strong message of hope.  We told her that girls are just as precious as boys, and encouraged Shu Ting’s mother not to abort her or give her away.  Through our “Save a Girl” campaign, we offered her monthly stipends for a year, to empower her to give life to Shu Ting and care for her.

After Shu Ting was born, her mother realized how intensely she loved her daughter and could not imagine giving her away.  Shu Ting is now a healthy and happy toddler.

It is an honor to support brave women like Shu Ting’s mother, who was able to resist the Family Planning Police.  Women like this deserve our help, and so do their precious daughters.  Every baby girl in China deserves to be saved, like Shu Ting!  Please help us continue to be a voice for the voiceless!

Shu Ting One Year Later

Shu Ting One Year Later

In addition to saving lives in China, we’ve had a world-wide impact, leading an international movement to end coercive population control in China.  Highlights this year included an interview on ABC News and being a Keynote Speaker at a conference at my alma mater, Yale.  We have worked hard to earn the credibility that these opportunities demonstrate.

If you have not done so yet this year, won’t you please donate today, to help us continue and expand our life-saving work in China, as well as our effective advocacy campaign giving voice to the voiceless?

Thank you, on behalf of the women and babies of China.

 

Reggie Littlejohn, President

Women’s Rights Without Frontiers

 

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Anni Zhang, Littlejohn’s Daughter Rescued from China, to Perform at Carnegie Hall

Littlejohn and Anni on a family vacation in Yosemite.

Littlejohn and Anni on a family vacation in Yosemite.

In the video, a 13-year-old girl’s fingers fly over the piano keys.  She’s playing Chopin’s Étude Op. 10, No. 5, full of joy. It seems from the expressive playing she’s lived a life along the same cheerful theme.

But the girl is Anni Zhang, daughter of imprisoned Chinese dissident Zhang Lin. Faced with a future of no education and life in a Chinese state-run orphanage, Anni endured inhumane treatment by the Chinese government before fleeing to America, leaving behind language and family alike.

Today, Reggie Littlejohn, president of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, and her husband Robert, are raising Anni as their own daughter.  Littlejohn stated, “We are so proud of Anni.  She is flourishing, both as a pianist and as a top student.  Her father, Zhang Lin, was trained as a nuclear physicist, and Anni has inherited his strength in math and science.  Her story is an example for all those who struggle against the odds. Through our help and her own hard work, Anni is a witness to the hope of a new beginning and to the beauty, brilliance and infinite value of Chinese girls.”

In February, Anni’s video was chosen as winner of an international competition for a chance to perform in New York’s Carnegie Hall later this month. Incredibly, Anni achieved such recognition despite the fact that she had only been playing piano for two years when she competed.

“I never thought I would make it to Carnegie Hall, but with help from my American parents (Reggie Littlejohn and her husband, Robert), my teacher (Matt Wang), and God, I made it,” she said.

Anni’s competition video, Chopin Etude Op. 10, No. 5.

And ‘made it’ she has, in more ways than one: according to Chinese law, Anni should not only have stayed in China, but she never should have lived at all.

Anni was born the second daughter in her family in violation of the One Child (now Two Child) Policy, meaning Anni’s family had to endure persecution to keep their daughter. Family Planning Police came daily to pressure Anni’s mother to abort her. Anni’s father was able to get permission for Anni’s birth only after a long and difficult struggle.

Although Anni’s parents never thought of aborting her, countless others in her generation have succumbed to forced abortion in China under such circumstances. Anni could easily have been one of the 400 million lives “prevented” by China’s One (now Two) Child Policy of coercive population control.  Or she could have been selectively aborted because she is a girl, as happens to so many second daughters in China.

Anni was dubbed “China’s youngest prisoner of conscience” when, in retaliation for her father’s work protesting the Communist Party, she was kidnapped out of school and detained overnight, enduring hours without food, water or a toilet. She was ten years old at the time.

She and her father Zhang Lin were later kept under house arrest without leave for Anni to go to school. Her father was only recently released from in Anhui Province for defending Anni’s rights.

In 2013, Zhang Lin asked Reggie Littlejohn to help him get Anni out of China because she could not lead a normal life there.

Littlejohn and her husband felt God was calling them to open their home and welcome Anni into their family, becoming her American parents.  Anni and her older sister Ruli arrived in America in 2013 with help from many sources including U.S. Rep. Chris Smith, Jing Zhang, president of Women’s Rights in China, and brave activists in China, several of whom suffered lengthy detentions and even torture.

But such sacrifices have not been in vain. Today, Anni has thrown herself into the study of English, of which she had no previous knowledge, and is a straight-A student.

Anni says she owes thanks to God for winning the international competition.

“God did a total miracle, because I never could have made it without His help,” she said. “Winning the competition to play in Carnegie Hall was 1% me and 99% God.”

Anni with her father, Zhang Lin, before he was detained in China for advocating for her right to go to school.

Anni with her father, Zhang Lin, before he was detained in China for advocating for her right to go to school.

Littlejohn stated, “Anni’s performance at Carnegie Hall will be one of the highlights of her life, and of mine.  I never dreamed I would have a Chinese daughter – much less one as talented as Anni.  But it will be a bitter-sweet occasion, because her father will not be there to share it.”

Zhang Lin was released from prison on September 9, 2016 and has applied several times to the Chinese government for a passport.  Each time, his application has been denied, even though he told the authorities that he urgently needs a passport to come to the United States to see his daughter perform at Carnegie Hall.

“The fact that the Chinese government refuses to give Zhang Lin a passport under these circumstances underscores their inhumanity.  It is pointless and cruel that they are depriving Zhang Lin and Anni of the joy of his attendance at her Carnegie Hall performance.”

Anni said, “I miss my father and wish he could be with me at Carnegie Hall.”

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Reggie Littlejohn: Leading the Fight to Stop Forced Abortion and Gendercide in China

reggielittlejohn5Thanks to LifeNews for publishing a beautiful, feature article about our founder and president, Reggie Littlejohn.  Here is an excerpt.  The link to the entire article is below.

Reggie Littlejohn has an impressive resume as a world-wide advocate for the rights of the most vulnerable people.

An attorney and a graduate of Yale Law School, Littlejohn is the founder and president of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, an international coalition working to expose forced abortion, gendercide and sexual slavery in China.

She has briefed officials at the White House, the Department of State, the United Nations and the Vatican. Littlejohn has also travelled across the United States speaking and raising awareness about the abuses of the brutal One Child Policy in China . . . She talked with LifeNews about her work.

LN: How did you become involved fighting forced abortion in China?

Littlejohn: In the mid-90s, I knew that China had a One Child Policy, but I had never stopped to think how it was enforced. Then, as an attorney, I represented a refugee who had given birth to two children and had been forcibly sterilized. As I sat at my desk on a sunny day in San Francisco, I could not believe that on the other side of the earth, Chinese women were at that moment being dragged out of their homes and forcibly sterilized and aborted, up to the ninth month of pregnancy. I had to do something to help them, so I founded Women’s Rights Without Frontiers.

Read the full article at LifeNews.com:
http://www.lifenews.com/2016/08/03/reggie-littlejohn-leading-the-fight-to-stop-forced-abortion-and-gendercide-in-china/.

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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:

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With gratitude,

Reggie Littlejohn, President

Women’s Rights Without Frontiers

 

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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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