Walk for Life Names Reggie Littlejohn Keynote Speaker

reggie-and-petitions-use-this-copyWomen’s Rights Without Frontiers is thrilled to announce that our president, Reggie Littlejohn, has been named keynote speaker of the Walk for Life, West Coast.  50,000 people are expected to march at noon on January 21 in San Francisco.

Littlejohn stated, “It is a great honor to be given the opportunity to speak in this powerful venue on behalf of the women and babies of China.  I thank Eva Muntean and the other organizers of the Walk for embracing international issues.  Something few people realize is that the Chinese Communist Party boasts that it has “prevented” 400 million lives through its brutal One Child Policy.  That’s greater than the entire populations of the United States and Canada combined.  And too many of these lives were “prevented” by forced abortion.   Millions of girls have been selectively aborted and abandoned as well.  These issues continue under the Two-Child Policy as well.  The greatest hemorrhage of human life in the world is flowing out of China today.” 

Littlejohn will be joined by fellow keynote speakers Pam Tebow, mother of Heisman Trophy winner, Tim Tebow, Melissa Ohden, survivor of a failed saline abortion, and Rev. Childress, founder of Black Genocide.org.

Please join Reggie and 50,000 others at the Walk for Life West Coast 2017!

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Georgetown Conference Names Reggie Littlejohn Keynote Speaker

Photo: Reggie Littlejohn Credit: QMI Agency

Photo: Reggie Littlejohn. Credit: QMI Agency

Student leaders at a Georgetown University conference have selected Women’s Rights Without Frontiers president Reggie Littlejohn as keynote speaker based on her work against forced abortion in China – a mission they hailed as unifying the divide between left and right.

Littlejohn is scheduled to give the main address for the 17th Annual Cardinal O’Connor Conference on Life in Washington, D.C. on January 28.

“We chose Reggie Littlejohn to keynote this Conference because we believe her international, human rights mission to address China’s Two-Child Policy transcends the entrenched and divisive rhetoric often used when life and death issues are addressed in politics on the national stage,” stated Conference Co-Director Jeannette Joly. “Through her own powerful political engagement, Reggie Littlejohn has successfully received recognition for Women’s Rights Without Frontiers from both the left and right sides of the aisle. Undoubtedly, these unifying efforts to save women from forced abortion and baby girls from sex-selective abortion will move, inspire, and motivate the attendees of the 2017 Conference.”

Named after Georgetown alumnus John Cardinal O’Connor of New York, the Conference promotes discourse on the sanctity of human life and is the largest conference of its kind in the United States.

Joly praised Littlejohn’s “impressive experience” defending human rights in China, and said her message is especially important following China’s switch this year from the infamous One Child Policy to a “Two Child Policy.” Littlejohn has affirmed in Congressional testimony that the new policy hasn’t stopped China’s system of coercive population control, including forced abortions and involuntary sterilizations.

“I am honored to have been selected as keynote speaker at Georgetown’s Cardinal O’Connor Conference,” said WRWF president Reggie Littlejohn. “I am grateful that the conference has the vision to embrace international issues and attempt to bridge the ideological divide between pro-life and pro-choice by promoting discourse about coercive population control in China. 

“Meanwhile, under extreme cultural pressure, women in China abort or abandon their baby girls,” Littlejohn continued.  “Is gendercide truly a choice, or is there a connection between gendercide and forced abortion?  WRWF is offering practical assistance to mothers in China and has saved 200 baby girls from sex-selective abortion or abandonment through our ‘Save a Girl’ campaign.

Previous keynote speakers include Seán Cardinal O’Malley, Dr. Robert George, and Helen Alvaré.

For more information on the 17th Annual Cardinal O’Connor Conference and to register to attend:
http://www.oconnorconference.com/

To learn more about WRWF’s Save a Girl Campaign: http://womensrightswithoutfrontiers.org/index.php?nav=end-gendercide-and-forced-abortion

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Bittersweet Carnegie Hall Performance by Littlejohn’s Daughter Rescued from China

Anni Zhang in front of Carnegie Hall with Reggie Littlejohn and husband Robert

Anni Zhang in front of Carnegie Hall with Reggie Littlejohn and husband Robert

NEW YORK:  On Sunday, 13-year-old Anni Zhang, rescued from China,  was living a dream come true – she performed piano in Carnegie Hall.  What should have been a completely joyous occasion, however was marred.  Her father, veteran activist Zhang Lin, was not able to attend because the Chinese government refused to issue him a passport.

Reggie Littlejohn, president of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, played a key role in bringing Anni to the United States from China, where she and her father were under house arrest after she had been detained and denied the right to go to school.  Littlejohn and her husband, Robert, have been raising Anni as their own daughter. They flew the family, including Anni’s older sister Ruli, from San Jose, CA to New York to celebrate Anni’s achievement with her.

Jing Zhang (no relation), Ruli Zhang (Anni's older sister), Reggie Littlejohn, Anni Zhang, Robert (Reggie's husband), Yao Cheng

Jing Zhang (no relation), Ruli Zhang (Anni’s older sister), Reggie Littlejohn, Anni Zhang, Robert (Reggie’s husband), Yao Cheng

Littlejohn stated, “My husband and I are so proud of Anni.  She came to the United States without playing an instrument, and after just two years, she won an international competition to perform at Carnegie Hall.  That’s got to be some kind of a record.  I think she’s a genius!  She looked gorgeous in her purple sequined concert gown, and she played brilliantly.  But as my heart was bursting with pride for her, it was also aching for her father, who could not be here to enjoy this important moment with his daughter.”

Littlejohn continued, “I spoke with Zhang Lin.  He told me that he has applied several times for a passport, telling the authorities that he needed one quickly so that he could come to New York and see Anni perform.  Each time, they refused him a passport.  They once told him it is because of his ‘history.’  What could this statement mean, other than that they are punishing him for his ‘history’ of pro-democracy activism?    What kind of an inhumane government is this, that would detain a 10-year-old to punish her father, and then would refuse a passport to the father to punish them both?”

Activist Chen Guangcheng issued the following warning to the Chinese government:  “Controlling people’s right to freedom of movement is a hallmark of authoritarian regimes.  To the Chinese Communist Party: If you want to be recognized as legitimate in the international community, you need to respect the basic rights of citizens.”

Jing Zhang, president of Women’s Rights in China and colleague of Zhang Lin, also played a major role in bringing Anni to the United States.  She stated:  “The Chinese Communist Party’s persecution of pro-democracy activists is unprecedented.  Recently family members of activist Peng Ming, who was serving his sentence, received horrible news.  Hubei Prison officials claimed that Peng Ming died suddenly of a heart attack. But then Peng Ming’s heart and brain were secretly removed, without permission from his family.  Many dissidents and even petitioners seeking justice are imprisoned.  The CCP has become desperate.  At this time, they will make life more difficult for Zhang Lin.”

Yao Cheng, a close friend of Zhang Lin, who helped Anni escape and paid for it with years of jail time, stated:  “I did not expect the Chinese government to issue Zhang Lin a passport.  The Chinese government is lying.  We cannot expect them to have mercy on him.

Anni said, “Performing at Carnegie Hall was one of the most wonderful moments of my life.  I only wish my father could have been there to share it with me.”

Anni is known as “China’s youngest prisoner of conscience.”  When she was ten, Anni was kidnapped out of her elementary school, detained overnight, denied the right to go to school and put under house arrest with her father.  Learn more about her story here.

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Will You Let Them Get Away with This?

Photo credit: Lee Love

Reggie Littlejohn in Washington, D.C. Photo Credit: Lee Love

Dear friend,

I want to tell you what we’re up against in 2017.

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

With your help, in 2016:

WRWF's "Save a Girl" campaign saved this baby girl

WRWF’s “Save a Girl” campaign saved this baby girl

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

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

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

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

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

The sad thing is, this actually worked. Media everywhere started discussing the coercive One Child Policy as a thing of the past!

In 2017, we’ve got to keep China from getting away with this “change in name only.”

Will you join us?

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

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

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

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

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

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

With gratitude,

Reggie Littlejohn

Women’s Rights Without Frontiers

 

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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

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