Reggie Littlejohn Keynotes Yale Conference

Reggie Littlejohn at Yale, September 2016

Reggie Littlejohn at Yale, September 2016

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

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

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

Littlejohn spoke about her experience working with Mother Teresa

Littlejohn spoke about her experience working with Mother Teresa

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

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

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

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

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Presidential Debate: Clinton WRONG on Forced Abortion in China

 

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

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

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

“Or perhaps she should read the May 4, 2016, BBC article entitled ‘Reinventing China’s Abortion Police,’ which discusses a small collaborative project by Stanford University and Shaanxi Normal University to repurpose 69 Family Planning Officials — apparently on the assumption that they are no longer needed now that China has moved to a two-child policy.” The article follows one Family Planning Official, Li Bo, who has been “reinvented” from “hunt[ing] down families suspected of violating the country’s draconian rules on how many children couples can have” into a rubber duckie squeezing, nursery rhyme singing “Chinese Father Christmas,” complete with “a bag full of toys and picture books.”

Has his job really been “reinvented,” or is he really a member of the womb police, masquerading as “Chinese Father Christmas” — the new face of China’s Family Planning Police? Buried deep in the article is the following account of the dark side of Li Bo’s job – an important piece of original reporting by the BBC:

Since the start of 2016, all Chinese couples have been allowed two children. But they can have no more than that unless they are from ethnic minorities – so Li Bo still spends some of his time working as a birth-control enforcer. In the town’s health clinic he is busy screening local women. All women of childbearing age have check-ups four times a year to ensure they’re healthy . . . and to see if they are pregnant. . . But Li is also a loyal Communist party official who believes the state knows best and society’s needs are greater than those of individuals. So he is matter-of-fact about the unpleasant task of telling women who couldn’t afford the fine to terminate their pregnancies. “People didn’t swear at us but they probably did behind our backs,” he says. “It’s natural because we were carrying out the law and they were breaking it so it is just like the clash between a policeman and a thief.” He adds that as long as restrictions are in place, such clashes will continue.

From these words, uttered by a Chinese Communist Family Planning Official, we learn that:

  • Coercive pregnancy screening continues. Under the Two-Child Policy, Family Planning Police continue to screen women of child-bearing age for pregnancy four times a year.
  • Forced abortion continues. It is still illegal for single women to have babies in China, and for couples to have third children. It appears that some may be given an opportunity to pay a fine, but Li Bo tells “those who couldn’t afford the fine to terminate their pregnancies.” In other words, if a woman is illegally pregnant and cannot pay the fine – which can be as much as ten times her annual salary – she is forced to abort. Forced abortion, therefore, continues under the Two-Child Policy.
  • Women pregnant without permission are considered criminals. Li Bo’s statement that women who are pregnant without permission “were breaking it [the law] so it is just like the clash between a policeman and a thief” demonstrates that such pregnancies are still considered illegal; and illegally pregnant women are regarded lawbreakers deserving of punishment, just like thieves.
  • Forced abortion continues to cause unrest. Li Bo is correct in adding that “as long as restrictions are in place, such clashes will continue.” This statement is an admission that these clashes – often resulting in forced abortion – continue to this day, due to the two-child restrictions.

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

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

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

Related Links:

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

Guangdong Families Told to Have Abortion or Lose Job 7/22/16
http://www.sixthtone.com/news/guangdong-families-told-have-abortion-or-lose-job

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

China: Forced Abortion at Six Months; Pregnant Women Told They “Deliberately Broke the Law” 8/28/16
http://www.womensrightswithoutfrontiers.org/blog/china-forced-abortion-at-six-months-pregnant-women-told-they-deliberately-broke-the-law/

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In honor of the International Day of the Girl Child, won’t you help us save more girls like Lian?  So far, we have saved more than 200 girls, and yet there are millions more who are being aborted and abandoned just because they are girls.  Each one of these girls is infinitely precious.  Please help us save them by donating to our “Save a Girl” Campaign.

Learn more about how you can help to save girls here: http://womensrightswithoutfrontiers.org/index.php?nav=give

For $25 per month, or $300 per year, our GirlSavers have helped WRWF save at-risk babies in China, babies like Lian, who may not be alive if one of our undercover fieldworkers had not met her mother and assured her that little girls are as special as boys. We put our money where our mouth is, offering practical assistance to empower these mothers to keep their daughters.

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36th Anniversary of China’s One (Now Two) Child Policy — Forced Abortion Continues; 23 Million Abortions a Year

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

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

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

According to the most recent State Department Report, the number of abortions in a year has increased from 13 to 23 million a year.  In the past, the Chinese government reported 13 million abortions a year.  The 2015 State Department Report noted that according to official Chinese sources, “The number of abortions performed is believed to be higher,” because the statistics in the past were collected only from registered medical institutions and did not include abortions at unregistered clinics.  The State Department Report states that an “official [Chinese] news media outlet” has reported that “at least an additional 10 million chemically induced abortions were performed in nongovernmental facilities.”

Adding abortions of official and unofficial facilities results in 23 million abortions a year.  23 million abortions a year comes to 63,013 abortions a day, 2625 abortions an hour, 43 per minute.  The United States population is about 320 million, with about 1 million abortions per year.  The population of China is almost 1.4 billion, with about 23 million abortions per year.  Therefore China, with four times the population of the United States, has 23 times the number of abortions.

According to the State Department Report, the Chinese government did not provide a statistic on how many of these abortions were forced.

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

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

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

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

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

Human beings are not walking carbon footprints.

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

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

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

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

Related links:

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

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

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

 

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Activist Zhang Lin released from prison, speaks with daughters

Anni and Zhang Lin

Anhui, China: Zhang Lin and his daughter Anni, before his arrest in 2013

Veteran pro-democracy activist Zhang Lin has been released from prison early, and spoke for the first time in three years with his daughters, Anni and Ruli, on Friday, September 9, at the San Jose home of Reggie Littlejohn and her husband, Robert.

Littlejohn, president of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, described the conversation:

“We spoke for about an hour and it was a very emotional conversation.   At first, Anni and Ruli spoke with their father alone, then my husband  and I joined the conversation.  There were times when everyone was in tears.

“Zhang Lin looks great – much better than I expected him to look after such a lengthy prison sentence.  He said that he feels healthy – with the exception of wanting some work done on his teeth.

“I asked him how the prison guards had treated him and he said, ‘Actually, pretty friendly.’  He wants to thank the Chinese government and the United States government, as well as U.S. friends, for all their help.   He expressed intense gratitude to my husband and me for taking care of his daughters for the years he was in prison – but we told him it has been an honor to help him in this way, and a pleasure to welcome his lovely daughters into our family.

“Zhang said he was escorted directly from the prison to an apartment procured for him by the Police.   He showed us his apartment and it looks large and clean.

“For 24 days, he cannot give interviews, travel outside Bengbu, or apply for a passport.

San Francisco, CA: Anni and Lily Zhang, with Reggie Littlejohn, upon their arrival in the United States, September 7, 2013

San Francisco, CA: Anni and Lily Zhang, with Reggie Littlejohn, upon their arrival in the United States, September 7, 2013

“Much of the conversation focused on the many accomplishments of his daughters.  September 7 was the three-year anniversary of their arrival in the United States.  Zhang said he is extremely proud of both of his daughters.  His 22-year-old daughter, Ruli, lived with my husband and me for 18 months, but has now achieved complete independence.  She has learned to drive, gotten a good job doing real estate, and has her own apartment.

“Meanwhile, Anni, now 13, has gone from speaking no English and playing no piano to being the top student in her 7th grade class last year, and winning a competition to play in Carnegie Hall in December.   Like her father, she is especially brilliant at math and science.

“Zhang Lin says that one of the first things he did upon his release from prison was go to the local McDonald’s and get an Egg McMuffin, which he enjoyed greatly, especially the cheese.

“Zhang Lin misses his daughters and would like to come to the United States as soon as possible.  First, however, he needs to obtain a passport and visa.  He said that he really wants to be at Carnegie Hall when Anni performs, and hopefully will come to the United States before that.

Anni said, “I miss my Dad and really hope that he will be able to be with me when I perform at Carnegie Hall.”

Ruli said, “I am delighted that my father is out of prison and that he was treated so well.  I hope he will come to California soon to visit us, so that we can go out to McDonald’s and get Egg McMuffins together!”

Littlejohn stated, “I would like to thank prominent American businessman and human rights activist John Kamm, who has been working vigorously on Zhang Lin’s case for twenty years.  He  intervened on Zhang’s behalf during a trip to Beijing in January of this year.”

Zhang Lin has been jailed four times for his pro-democracy activism, beginning with the Tiananmen Square movement in 1989, for a total of 13 years behind bars.  He was detained on July 19, 2013 for protesting authorities’ refusal to allow his daughter Anni, then ten years old, to attend school.  Originally scheduled to be released on January 18, 2017, his sentence was reduced for good behavior.

Littlejohn concluded, “Zhang Lin, his daughters and I are grateful to the Chinese authorities for treating him so well in prison and releasing him early.  We all hope that he will be granted a passport and visa in time for him to see Anni perform at Carnegie Hall in December.”

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Mother Teresa: Reggie Littlejohn’s Reflections on Working with a Saint

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Thanks to the Catholic News Agency for this beautiful article about my life-transforming experience working with Mother Teresa. It is reprinted here with their permission.

Women’s rights activist Reggie Littlejohn is known for her fierce work fighting forced abortion and gendercide in China, often through grilling speeches given before the U.S. Congress and the United Nations.

However, what is less-known about Littlejohn is that before becoming a successful lawyer and founder of the Women’s Rights Without Frontiersorganization, she spent six weeks working alongside a tiny, hunched-over woman in India who would become one of the greatest figures of our time.

Reggie Littlejohn and Mother Teresa in 1987

Reggie Littlejohn and Mother Teresa in 1987

While on a yearlong break from Yale Law School, Littlejohn traveled the world alongside her husband, stopping to work with the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta, now referred to as Kolkata, for just over a month.

It was during this time that Mother Teresa not only asked Littlejohn to be her ‘Apostle of the Rosary’ during their daily holy hour, handing rosaries to everyone that entered, but invited her to join the order.

Although she couldn’t join since she was already married, Littlejohn said she probably would have been willing to, thanks to Mother Teresa’s humility, personal closeness to each individual, and selfless service to others.

Mother Teresa “was a humble person, she did not consider herself to be any better than anyone else,” Littlejohn told CNA.

When people told Mother Teresa that she was a saint, she would reply “‘no, I’m just holy in my state in life, just the way that you’re holy in your state of life,’ assuming that we’re all holy in our state in life,” Littlejohn said, adding that “I think most of us are not. But she had no sense of self-importance of all.”

Littlejohn, who grew up Catholic, said she wanted to me “a missionary nun” when she was a child, and consistently pestered her parents with the idea. However, she was eventually dissuaded by them and their parish priest, who told her the lifestyle was probably not for her.

“I guess if I had been more determined or a true saint like Mother Teresa I would have gone on,” she said, but instead gave up because “I figured that if the priest said no, this is not the will of God.”

However, when she heard about Mother Teresa and the Missionaries of Charity several years later and discovered that volunteers could meet and join them in their work, she was “of course enthralled by the possibility.”

She said her desire to work with Mother Teresa in slums stemmed from “a powerful spiritual experience,” since one can work with the poor and impoverished anywhere.

“Why go to India, why work with a monastic community? It’s because I felt that there was something spiritually powerful about them that I wanted to experience, and I think that I did experience it.”

This experience is something Littlejohn felt from the moment she and her husband showed up at the Missionaries of Charity doorstep, where they were not only “welcomed right in,” but met Mother Teresa face-to-face the same day.

Littlejohn said she and her husband were sitting in the hall waiting to get a list of suggested places to stay and work, when they heard “this little rustling and shuffling down the hall.”

“We looked down the hall and there was Mother Teresa herself, and she immediately came to both of us and she took our hands in her two hands,” she said, recalling how the soon-to-be-saint’s hands were “big, and soft and warm.”

The first words out of Mother Teresa’s mouth were “welcome, welcome. Good. I’m so glad you’re here,’” Littlejohn recalled, noting that “we had just walked in off the street and here she is.”

“One of the characteristics of Mother Teresa is that she regarded every human being as Jesus Christ right in front of her… (even) a baby that she found in a trash can…when she was with you she was with you.”

Although Mother Teresa was typically traveling to the various Missionaries of Charity houses all over the world, Littlejohn noted that the nun was in Calcutta for the entire six weeks she and her husband stayed, which was an “unusual” but welcome blessing.

Speaking of Mother Teresa’s generosity and attention to others, Littlejohn recounted how her parents came to visit while she was working there, and at one point asked to have a photo with the nun.

“Being the immature person I was, I had the audacity to knock on the door – it was really more of a doorframe with a curtain in it – during their time of rest” and ask for the photo, she said.

Instead of telling them to come back, Mother Teresa came out “very good natured” and embraced her parents, consenting immediately to the photo.

“She was very cheerful, she stood there giving up her naptime to take a picture with some American whose parents were visiting Calcutta,” Littlejohn said, adding that “She was so un-protective of her time, and this was her humility.”

Littlejohn also recounted how she received the role as ‘Apostle of the Rosary’ during her time with the Missionaries. During their stay, volunteers had the option of going to Mass with the sisters at 5:50 a.m., and joining them for Holy Hour and the rosary at 6:30 p.m. after the day’s work.

The first time she attended a holy hour, Littlejohn said she was late, and “snuck in the back door” so as not to disturb the others, or Mother Teresa, who was praying on the other side of the room.

“I went far away from her and was trying to creep in unnoticed,” she said, but as she was kneeling and praying, “all of the sudden I felt this presence above me, and I looked up and there was Mother Teresa.”

Instead of chastising Littlejohn for being late, Mother Teresa “bent down and showed me which bead they were on, which is again her humility… (she) interrupted her own prayer to show me which bead we were on.”

Littlejohn said she decided to come to holy hour again the next day, and arrived on time. When she got there, Mother Teresa pulled her aside and said, “I would like you to help me. Would you be my Apostle of the Rosary?”

“What do you say to that? I was floored that she even noticed me at all,” Littlejohn said, explaining that she consented and was tasked with handing a rosary to each person as they walked into holy hour for the rest of her time there.

In addition to her spiritual support, Mother Teresa was also a source of comfort and strength after Littlejohn had been assaulted by a man while waiting for the subway.

“There is a long walkway in a tunnel to get to the subway and I was the only person in the tunnel with this guy, and he just turned around and grabbed me,” Littlejohn said, explaining that she tried to punch the man and chase him down, but wasn’t able to because she was wearing sandals.

Upset about the incident and finding it hard to carry on with her work, she approached Mother Teresa later that evening. Littlejohn said she was fearful that Mother Teresa would chastise her and say she should have “turned the other cheek,” however, what she heard was the opposite.

Mother Teresa, she said, told her it was a “grace from God” that she tried to chase the man down, and applauded her effort to catch him. However, she also cautioned her that it’s “unwise to ever go out as a woman alone,” which is why the Missionaries always go out two-by-two.

After the conversation, Littlejohn said Mother Teresa took time to pray with her, and in the end she left feeling “so elated, much more so than if it had never happened.”

“This is the time she takes for one person, I mean who was I? I was nobody, I was a volunteer among many dozens of other volunteers who were there at that time, I was among thousands of volunteers who had been there over the decades and she took the time to listen to my story.”

Littlejohn then recalled how at one point during her stay, Mother Teresa actually invited her to join the Missionaries of Charity.

The sisters had periodic spiritual retreats, and that there was always a certain time or talk that the volunteers could attend. One of the retreats, Littlejohn noted, was dedicated to the topic that “everyone on earth has a heavenly name” that they will discover only when they get to heaven.

As she was leaving the retreat alongside the stream of other volunteers, Littlejohn said Mother Teresa happened to be right outside the room, and walked straight up to her.

Mother Teresa, she said, “came up to me and took my hand in her two hands and she said, ‘Heart full of Love, you must take the sari,’” referring to a typical Indian garment worn by women.

The habit for The Missionaries of Charity is a white sari with blue lines running along the edges, representing both purity and the Virgin Mary.

“I felt like she was calling me by my heavenly name,” Littlejohn said, explaining that Mother Teresa’s words “you must take the sari” were a direct invitation to come live with the community for two weeks, to discern whether or not it might be her vocation.

Littlejohn said she had wanted to say yes, but couldn’t, since she was already married – a fact that shocked Mother Teresa, who “in her purity” never realized the man coming and going everywhere with Littlejohn was her husband, despite the fact they both wore their wedding rings.

Mother Teresa then invited the couple to become Lay Missionaries of Charity, taking them to the small room the size of a restaurant booth that served as the administrative headquarters of the order.

While Littlejohn was accustomed to spacious legal “war rooms” stacked to the ceiling with documents, “there was none of that with Mother Teresa.”

“She had one little rickety file cabinet” from which she pulled the typewritten copy of the rules for the Lay Missionaries of Charity. It was the only copy.

“I just looked at this document and I thought to myself, ‘if I were an irresponsible person and just walked off with this without returning it to her, she would not have the rules of the Lay Missionaries of Charity, it would be gone,’” Littlejohn said, but noted that this is how Mother Teresa lived.

“She lived such a life of faith that she just depended completely on God,” for both the small things and the big.

After going through the rules and discussing them together, Littlejohn and her husband came to the conclusion that being lay missionaries with the order, while beautiful, wasn’t for them.

However, even though they said no, “I feel that my experience with Mother Teresa has had enormous influence on my life,” Littlejohn said, adding that the order’s ministry of picking up dying babies off the street “is the spiritual inspiration” of the Save a Girl Campaign her organization is promoting in China.

The difference between the two is that while Mother Teresa and her sisters would shelter and care for dying or rejected babies, Littlejohn’s organization encourages mothers to keep their daughters, giving them a monthly stipend to help with expenses.

While her organization works to fight gender discrimination in China, Littlejohn said that it was in India that she first encountered female gendercide.

While on a trip to India before working with the Missionaries of Charity, Littlejohn said she had been visiting Varanasi, and that as she was stepping from the shore of the Ganges River into a small motor boat for a ride, “I look down and right beneath me was a fully formed, dead baby girl floating in the water.”

“I was aghast,” she said, explaining that the baby “looked absolutely perfect. It did not look like a child that had died from some kind of illness, this was a perfectly beautiful baby girl, and I’ll never forget it.”

Working with Mother Teresa and her order prompted Littlejohn to both take another look at the faith of her childhood, and to look more closely to the needs of others.

“One of the things that I learned with Mother Teresa (is) what your limits are; you learn what the limits to your holiness are, you learn to expand your limits,” she said, explaining that at first she was afraid to touch people with diseases, for fear of contamination.

However, “as you continue working your compassion for the person grows, so you stop thinking so much about yourself and you start thinking more about them and what they’re going through and wanting to somehow relieve their suffering,” she said.

She referred to the phrase “I Thirst,” which was inspired by Mother Teresa and is written on the wall beside a crucifix in every Missionaries of Charity house.

“Loving Jesus in the distressing disguise of the poorest of the poor, as she would call it, was satisfying his thirst for souls,” she said, explaining that the phrase serves as an inspiration to her and her work.

While her organization has a “justice-oriented mission,” exposing forced abortion and sex-selective abortion in China, Littlejohn said “there’s this whole mercy aspect of it, which is helping these women and baby girls, these women who do not want to abort,” and offering a new, countercultural message that girls are just as good as boys.

“I think that’s very in line with what Mother Teresa was doing, and she’s a profound inspiration to me in the entire direction of my life.”

In a letter she wrote to friends and family while in Calcutta, which was later published in the Yale Law Report, Littlejohn described Mother Teresa as “a short woman in her mid-seventies, bent at mid-back as if in a permanent posture of prayer.”

“Her face is lined with love, and her deeply crinkled eyes pour out compassion. She is in such a state of grace that when she takes your hand, smiles and says, ‘God bless you,’ she opens the inner chambers of your soul and leaves you ecstatic for hours.”

As someone born into an upper-class Albanian family, Mother Teresa is proof that “even those of us with privileged pasts can aspire to goodness,” Littlejohn said, explaining that the nun “seems blissfully unconcerned about her stature in the world.”

“I don’t think she even thinks about how others view her. She just loves people, especially the poor, and caresses the hand of the leper with the same joy and respect with which she kisses the hand of the Pope or shakes the hand of a president.”

Littlejohn described Mother Teresa’s presence in the convent as “gentle,” and said she kept “a low profile.”

“She does not encourage hero worship, nor does she receive it. The nuns love her but are not preoccupied with her the way we Westerners are,” she said, explaining that their attention was always on their prayer and on their work, “as it should be.”

“This will leave the order strong once she is gone. For me, she is a brilliant example of someone who had the guts to give up an easy upper-class life to do God’s work.”

Reflections on Mother Teresa from her Apostle of the Rosary 8/23/16 http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/reflections-on-mother-teresa-from-her-apostle-of-the-rosary-28934/

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China: Forced Abortion at Six Months; Pregnant Women Told They “Deliberately Broke the Law”

Members of the WeChat group for pregnant remarried women present a petition to legalize their pregnancies at the provincial offices in Guangzhou, Guangdong, June 21, 2016. Credit: WeChat group, published in Sixth Tone.

Members of the WeChat group for pregnant remarried women present a petition to legalize their pregnancies at the provincial offices in Guangzhou, Guangdong, June 21, 2016. Credit: WeChat group, published in Sixth Tone.

Another courageous article from Shanghai online news portal Sixth Tone describes the continued desperation of re-married women in Guangdong.

 Six months pregnant, Anxiang and her husband were forced to choose between aborting her pregnancy or losing their government jobs, because they had violated China’s new Two-Child Policy.  They had thought that they were allowed to have another child, but were caught in an omission regarding remarried women in Guangdong Province.  At the end of July, they were told to abort, or face fines and dismissal.

 Because it was too late in the pregnancy to abort via medication or suction, Anxiang (not her real name) had to abort via induction.  On August 1, she had an injection to terminate her daughter.  Two days later, she was induced and went through labor in order to deliver the still-born child.  The next day she sent a heartbreaking message to the WeChat group of remarried couples in Guangdong.  “I saw my daughter.  She didn’t move.  She was dead.”

 Reggie Littlejohn, President of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, stated, “Our hearts go out to Anxiang and her husband.  Although Anxiang was not physically dragged out of her home for an abortion, this abortion was nevertheless coerced.  You can force someone through physical coercion or financial coercion.  Any abortion against the will of the mother is forced.  The fact that her pregnancy would have been allowed in other provinces but not in Guangdong is further evidence of the lack of uniformity in the enforcement of China’s population control policies.  It is the tyranny of the arbitrary.”

 Another member of the WeChat group, Lin Jing, was devastated when she read Anxiang’s message.  She told Sixth Tone, “I was frightened to see that one mother aborted her pregnancy under the pressure, knowing that others might follow.”  Lin’s husband brought a child into their marriage.  It was his second marriage and her first.  They soon had a daughter of their own.  When the Chinese Communist Party announced the Two-Child Policy, it never occurred to her that she and her husband might be excluded under the laws of Guangdong, because this would be his third child.  She learned she was pregnant in January, 2016.

 “I am 38 years old and my husband is 48 years old.  It could be our last chance,” she said.  Since she does not know whether her pregnancy is legal, she is not eligible for insurance coverage, pregnancy leave or prenatal care.  She hid the pregnancy for as long as she could, traveling hours for checkups in a distant city, wearing heels to her job as a schoolteacher instead of flats.  She is grateful to have the summer off but dreads returning to school in September, during her third trimester.

 Trying to gain clarity on whether their pregnancies are legal, she and other members of the WeChat group for remarried pregnant women converged on the Guangdong provincial government offices with a petition to legalize their pregnancies.  Their petition was denied.  In tears, Lin told Sixth Tone, “They told us we deliberately broke the law.  They thought we’d just come to make trouble.”

Lin does not know how her employer will react in September, but she remains at risk.  She stated, “No policy has come out on paper.  We still don’t have the protection of law.”

 Littlejohn continued, “Pregnancy is natural and innocent.   That the Chinese Communist Party would treat pregnant women as criminals and tell them they ‘deliberately broke the law’ by becoming pregnant is madness.”

 A third woman in the WeChat group, Su, had prepared to terminate her pregnancy at seven months at the end of July.  She and her husband were required by their employer to sign a statement that they would terminate her pregnancy if the Guangdong government had not released a statement by the end of July.  Because of media pressure, the Guangdong government released a statement on August 2.  Su was allowed to keep her baby, but Guangdong has not yet adopted a clear law allowing married couples to have two children, even if the second child in the marriage would be the third child of one or both of the spouses.

 “We are grateful that Su was allowed to keep her baby,” Littlejohn continued.  “We continue to condemn the Chinese government’s iron grip over women’s wombs, playing God, declaring life or death over desperately wanted babies.  Su’s case  shows that employers are also at fault in pressuring women to abort or lose their jobs.  It also demonstrates the power of the media to effectuate positive change.  The courageous, investigative reporting by Sixth Tone is all the more remarkable because it is a state-controlled media outlet.  I believe they are representative of a growing dissatisfaction within the Chinese government with a policy that has long out-lasted it utility and stands as a brutal symbol of the failure of Communism to protect the rights of the people.”

Related Links

Guangdong Families Told to Have Abortions or Lose Job, July 22, 2016 http://www.sixthtone.com/news/ guangdong-families-told-have-a bortion-or-lose-job

Pregnant Women Can’t Keep Waiting for Two-Child Policy , August 9, 2016 http://www.sixthtone.com/news/ pregnant-women-cant-keep-waiti ng-two-child-policy

 Chinese Government Sources Admit Forced Abortion Continues Under Two-Child Policy August 9, 2016 http://www.womensrightswithout frontiers.org/blog/chinese-gov ernment-sources-admit-forced-a bortion-continues-under-two-ch ild-policy/

Couples Not Waiting for Two Child Policy, August 3, 2016   http://www.womenofchina.cn/wo menofchina/html1/features/Spot light/1608/372-1.htm

Sign our petition against forced abortion in China! http://www.womensrightswithoutfrontiers.org/blog/sign-our-petition/

 

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Reggie’s Appearance on ABC News Nightline

Reggie at ABC News 8 15 16 ScreenshotHere’s the ABC News Nightline story for which I was interviewed. I’m grateful that ABC News set this human interest story into the context of gender selection under the One Child Policy — and that they allowed me to be a part of that.  Thanks to ABC News Nightline!

Watch the interview here: 

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Chinese government sources admit forced abortion continues under two-child policy

detained woman wailing with police“China abandons the One-Child Policy.”  This is how the Chinese government announced its move to the Two-Child Policy, giving the misleading impression that all coercive population control had ceased.  A close analysis of several reports coming out of China, however, demonstrates that Chinese government sources themselves inadvertently have admitted that forced abortion continues under the Two-Child Policy.

1.  BBC.  A May 4, 2016, BBC article entitled “Reinventing China’s Abortion Police” discusses a small collaborative project by Stanford University and Shaanxi Normal University to repurpose 69 Family Planning Officials — apparently on the assumption that they are no longer needed now that China has moved to a two-child policy. The article follows one Family Planning Official, Li Bo, who has been “reinvented” from “hunt[ing] down families suspected of violating the country’s draconian rules on how many children couples can have” into a rubber duckie squeezing, nursery rhyme singing “Chinese Father Christmas,” complete with “a bag full of toys and picture books.” 

Has his job really been “reinvented,” or is he really a member of the womb police, masquerading as “Chinese Father Christmas” — the new face of China’s Family Planning Police?  Buried deep in the article is the following account of the dark side of Li Bo’s job – an important piece of original reporting by the BBC:

Since the start of 2016, all Chinese couples have been allowed two children.  But they can have no more than that unless they are from ethnic minorities – so Li Bo still spends some of his time working as a birth-control enforcer.  In the town’s health clinic he is busy screening local women.  All women of childbearing age have check-ups four times a year to ensure they’re healthy . . . and to see if they are pregnant. . . But Li is also a loyal Communist party official who believes the state knows best and society’s needs are greater than those of individuals.  So he is matter-of-fact about the unpleasant task of telling women who couldn’t afford the fine to terminate their pregnancies.  “People didn’t swear at us but they probably did behind our backs,” he says.  “It’s natural because we were carrying out the law and they were breaking it so it is just like the clash between a policeman and a thief.”  He adds that as long as restrictions are in place, such clashes will continue.

From these words, uttered by a Chinese Communist Family Planning Official, we learn that:

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

2)    Forced abortion continues.  It is still illegal for single women to have babies in China, and for couples to have third children.  It appears that some may be given an opportunity to pay a fine, but Li Bo tells “those who couldn’t afford the fine to terminate their pregnancies.”  In other words, if a woman is illegally pregnant and cannot pay the fine – which can be as much as ten times her annual salary – she is forced to abort.  Forced abortion, therefore, continues under the Two-Child Policy.

3)    Women pregnant without permission are considered criminals.  Li Bo’s statement that women who are pregnant without permission “were breaking it [the law] so it is just like the clash between a policeman and a thief” demonstrates that such pregnancies are still considered illegal; and illegally pregnant women are regarded lawbreakers deserving of punishment, just like thieves.

4)    Forced abortion continues to cause unrest.  Li Bo is correct in adding that “as long as restrictions are in place, such clashes will continue.”  This statement is an admission that these clashes – often resulting in forced abortion – continue to this day, due to the two-child restrictions.

2.  Sixth Tone.  A July 22, 2016, Sixth Tone article entitled, “Guangdong Families Told to Have Abortion or Lose Job,” discussed two Guangdong families.  Both families were remarried.  Both families were pregnant with a third child, when counting children from previous marriages.  One family was told to abort or both husband and wife would lose their government jobs.  The other family was told they must pay a fine of 260,000 yuan, the equivalent of $39,000 U.S. – “a huge amount of money” for this family.  Read more about these couples here.

The fact that Sixth Tone is a state-controlled media outlet implies an admission by the Chinese government that it is continuing to forcibly abort women who get pregnant without permission.

3.  China Women’s Federation. On August 3, 2016, an article appeared on womenofchina.cn, the English language website of the Communist Party-affiliated China Women’s Federation.  The article, entitled, “Couples Not Waiting for Two-Child Policy,” stated: “Remarried couples in Guangdong province who are pregnant with their second child will not be forced to have an abortion, even though they have not yet been granted permission for a second child.  The provincial population and family planning commission will also not suggest that employers dismiss or punish those who are pregnant with a second child without permission, the [provincial] commission said on Tuesday.”

It is unclear whether the statement of the provincial commission would affect the families whose plight is discussed in Sixth Tone.  For both families, three children were involved.  Will they be allowed to maintain their pregnancies without losing their jobs or paying a “terror fine”?  Only time will tell.

Regardless, the Women’s Federation article goes on to quote demographer Zhai Zhenwu, who states, “the provincial commission did not violate any regulations when they did not forced couples to have abortions.”  Why would the Chinese government need to clarify that government officials “did not violate” family planning regulations when they did not force couples to have abortions, unless forced abortion is continuing and indeed standard for unapproved pregnancies under the Two-Child Policy?

In addition, the Women’s Federation article quotes a remarried woman from Guangdong as saying, “Some wives who have been pregnant with their second child have had an abortion because they fear being dismissed by their employers.”  The decisions of these married women to abort their second children rather than lose their jobs underscores the ongoing human agony and tragedy caused by coercive population control in China.  Forcing women to choose between having and abortion and losing their jobs is a form of coercion.  Women can be forced to abort by physical or financial coercion.

The Women’s Federation article concludes by noting that “the birthrate in [Guangdong] – which lacks a sufficient workforce and relies on people migrating from other provinces – has remained low for decades . . .”  This is the real reason for the adjustment from a One-Child Policy to a Two-Child Policy.  The Chinese government has not repented of its women’s rights atrocities.  Rather, it fears the inevitable economic consequences of its 35-year history of coercive population control.

Forced abortion continues in China to this day, by admission of Chinese government sources, either through the words of its officials or its official publications.  This atrocity must be eradicated from the face of the earth.  With its population of 1.3 billion, one woman in five lives in China.  The women of the world will not be free until the women of China are free.  Women’s Rights Without Frontiers demands the immediate cessation of all coercive birth control in China.

Sign a petition against forced abortion in China:
http://www.womensrightswithout frontiers.org/index.php?nav=si gn_our_petition

Related Links

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

Guangdong Families Told to Have Abortion or Lose Job 7/22/16
http://www.sixthtone.com/news/ guangdong-families-told-have-a bortion-or-lose-job

Couples Not Waiting for Two Child Policy  8/3/16 http://www.womenofchina.cn/wom enofchina/html1/features/Spotl ight/1608/372-1.htm

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Two-Child Policy Abuses: WRWF Files Complaint Against China at the United Nations

chinaonechildstatueWomen’s Rights Without Frontiers has filed an official Complaint against China, on the basis of continuing coercive population control under the new Two-Child Policy.  Here is the text of that Complaint:

To the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW):

I am the founder and president of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, a non-profit, non-partisan international coalition to combat forced abortion, gendercide and sexual slavery in China.  I write to complain about coercive family planning in China.

As you know, WRWF has submitted Complaints for the past five years.  While the UNCSW acknowledged receipt of these Complaints, China has never responded to them.  We believe that, given the international outrage generated by forced abortion and gendercide in China, it behooves China to respond to our official Complaints.

Coercive Population Control Continues Under China’s New Two-Child Policy:  New Number, Same Violence Against Women

As I testified before the Congressional-Executive Commission on China on December 12, 2015, Xinhua News Agency reported on October 29, 2015 that China would move to a two-child policy for all couples, “abandoning its decades-long one-child policy.”

Characterizing this latest modification as “abandoning” the One-Child Policy is misleading. A two-child policy will not end any of the human rights abuses caused by the One Child Policy, including forced abortion, involuntary sterilization or the sex-selective abortion of baby girls.  Read the full hearing transcript here, including statements by Co-Chairs Representative Christopher Smith and Senator Marco Rubio:

China’s New “Two-Child Policy” & the Continuation of Massive Crimes Against Women and Children

http://www.cecc.gov/events/hearings/china%E2%80%99s-new-%E2%80%9Ctwo-child-policy%E2%80%9D-the-continuation-of-massive-crimes-against-women-and

Coercion is the core of the policy.  Instituting a two-child policy will not end forced abortion or forced sterilization.  As blind activist Chen Guangcheng succinctly tweeted:

This is nothing to be happy about. First the #CCP would kill any baby after one. Now they will kill any baby after two. #ChinaOneChildPolicy

The reason given for this adjustment is entirely demographic: “to balance population development and address the challenge of an ageing population.” The adjustment is a tacit admission that continuation of the one-child policy will lead to economic and demographic disaster. The policy was originally instituted for economic reasons. It is ironic that through this very policy, China has written its own economic death sentence.

Noticeably absent from the Chinese Communist party’s announcement is any mention of human rights. The Chinese Communist Party has not suddenly developed a conscience or grown a heart. Even though it will now allow all couples to have a second child, China has not promised to end forced abortion, forced sterilization, or forced contraception.[1]

Indeed, the CCP has gone out of its way to emphasize that family planning restrictions will remain in force.  Shortly after the announcement of the two-child policy, Vice-Minister of the National Health and Family Planning Commission Wang Peian said that “China would not abandon its family planning restrictions.”  He said, “A large population is China’s basic national condition so we must adhere to the basic state policy of family planning.”[2]  He also said that “China needs to . . . promote birth monitoring” before the two-child policy comes into effect.[3]

It appears, therefore, that China plans to maintain its iron grip over the wombs of women.  The Chinese Communist Party will continue to intrude into the bedrooms and between the sheets of the families in China, requiring an arduous process to obtain a “birth permit,” a system of paid informants, and ultrasound checks to make sure that a woman’s IUD is still in place.[4]

Coercion is the core of the policy. Instituting a two-child policy will not end forced abortion or forced sterilization.

The problem with the one-child policy is not the number of children “allowed.” Rather, it is the fact that the CCP is telling women how many children they can have and then enforcing that limit through forced abortion and forced sterilization. There is no guarantee that the CCP will cease their appalling methods of enforcement. Women will still have to obtain a government-issued birth permit, for the first and second child, or they may be subject to forced abortion. It will still be illegal for an unmarried woman to have a child. Regardless of the number of children allowed, women who get pregnant without permission will still be dragged out of their homes, strapped down to tables, and forced to abort babies that they want.

Coercion Continues After the Institution of the Two-Child Policy

According to a report published by Shanghai online news portal Sixth Tone on July 22, 2016, a Guangdong couple has been told they must have an abortion or both lose their government jobs.[5]  The wife is eight months pregnant.

The couple, surnamed Zhong, both have a child from a previous marriage.  They thought that they could have a child together under China’s new Two-Child Policy, as is the case in other provinces in China.  They were mistaken, under the current laws of Guangdong.

The due date of Zhong’s child is September 10.  She told Sixth Tone that she felt depressed, anxious, trapped.  “I can’t give up on this child, as I’m almost 40,” she said.  “And it wouldn’t be easy for us to find jobs again, given our ages.”  Zhong shares her anxieties on WeChat, where approximately 500 people have gathered to share similar experiences.

The Chinese Communist propaganda machine made a big deal out of its shift to a Two-Child Policy, announcing that they had “abandoned” the One-Child Policy.  WRWF immediately stated that this minor modification would not end coercion, and now the proof is beginning to leak out.  Our hearts go out to the Zhong family.  They are brave indeed to stand up to the intense government pressure to abort at eight months or both lose their jobs.  The Chinese government is doing its best to force them to have an abortion by exerting intense financial pressure.  The fact that there are 500 people commiserating with them on WeChat demonstrates that they are not alone.  This would indicate a pattern or practice of continuing coercion.

Another Guangdong native, He Liping, is six months pregnant.  She faces a crippling fine:  “I had no idea that we’re not qualified to have a second child until I went to register for a birth permit with the local neighborhood committee.”  Her husband had a child before marrying her, and they have a two-year old together.  She is now six months pregnant.  Fines for illegal children in Foshan run 260,000 yuan ($39,000).  “It’s a huge amount of money for an average family like mine,” He told Sixth Tone.

He Liping does not face joblessness, but rather a ‘terror fine.’  These fines can be up to ten times a person’s annual salary.  Most people cannot afford to pay these fines and are forced to have abortions. In addition, the Chinese government announced earlier this year that they had abolished the birth permit system for first and second children.  Clearly, this is not the case.[6] [Addendum]

The Chinese Communist Party has not agreed to get out of the bedrooms of the Chinese people.  The fact that Sixth Tone is a State-controlled media outlet indicates that even within the Chinese Communist Party there are those who recognize the human tragedy and appalling injustice of coercive population control.

Number of Reported Abortions in China Increased from 13 Million to 23 Million – 2015 State Department Report

In the past, the Chinese government reported 13 million abortions a year, noting that according to official Chinese sources, “The number of abortions performed is believed to be higher,” because the statistics were collected only from registered medical institutions and did not include abortions at unregistered clinics.

The 2015 State Department Report, however, states that an “official news media outlet” has reported that “at least an additional 10 million chemically induced abortions were performed in nongovernmental facilities.”  The Chinese government did not provide a statistic on how many of these abortions were forced.

Adding abortions of official and unofficial facilities results in 23 million abortions a year.  23 million abortions a year comes to 63,013 abortions a day, 2625 abortions an hour, 43 per minute.  The United States population is about 320 million, with about 1 million abortions per year.  The population of China is almost 1.4 billion, with about 23 million abortions per year.  Therefore China, with four times the population of the United States, has 23 times the number of abortions.

NIPT in the Bud

Technology spreading in China may target girls in gendercide abortions

Even as the Chinese government moves to a Two Child Policy, women’s rights in China may be in more danger than ever before – especially for baby girls.

NIPT, a prenatal diagnostic technology, analyzes fetal DNA taken from a mother’s blood to discover birth defects. However, the tool can also be used to discover a baby’s gender as early as seven weeks’ gestation – making it easier to terminate if a pregnancy is unwanted for being female. Such abuse has been documented in several countries, including the United States and Great Britain, where a government study recently showed evidence potentially linking the test with prenatal gendercide.

Reports now indicate NIPT is rapidly spreading in China, where baby girls already struggle to survive under a strong cultural preference for males.

As I stated in testimony before the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, “Where brutal son preference meets non-invasive, early sex determination of a fetus, inevitably baby girls will be selectively aborted.” (Click here to read full text of statement.)

The demand for NIPT has already grown so strong that Chinese officials last year implemented stricter regulations for its use – apparently with an eye to curbing abuses by expectant families.

Moreover, the recent change to a “Two Child Policy” makes the scenario for girls even worse: studies  indicate that a pregnancy is far likelier to be aborted for being a girl if it is the second of two, rather than the only one allowed.

Such sex selective abortions, according to a 2009 British Medical Journal study, accounts for almost all the excess males in China:  in other words, 37 million Chinese men will never marry because their future wives were terminated before they were born. This provides a strong demand for trafficking in women and sexual slavery in and around China.

It’s the latest link showing the Chinese Communist Party’s switch to a Two Child Policy is a switch in name only – China’s forced population control system remains the same.

Coercive Population Control Is Not the Answer to Global Warming, Sustainable Development

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

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

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

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

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

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

Human beings are not walking carbon footprints.

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

UNCSW Theme:  The Prevention of Violence Against Women and Girls

The UNCSW this year reviewed the 2013 theme, “the prevention of violence against women and girls.”  Forced abortion and gendercide under China’s One Child Policy will continue under the two-child policy.  Since the UNCSW has stated through its 2013 “Agreed Conclusions” that coercive population control should end, WRWF calls upon the U.N. to take effective action to end it.

More often than not, gendercide is not a choice either. There is a strong correlation between sex-selective abortion and coercion. Crushing social, economic, political and personal pressures in cultures with a strong son preference trample women pregnant with girls. All too often, women in these cultures do not “select” their daughters for abortion. They are forced.

For most of us, “it’s a girl” is cause for enormous joy, happiness and celebration.  But in many countries, this phrase can be a death sentence.   In fact, the words, “it’s a girl” are the deadliest words on earth when said at the birth of a child.  According to one U.N. estimate, up to 200 million women are missing in the world today due to “gendercide,” the selective abortion, abandonment or deadly neglect of baby girls just because they are female.

This is not a political issue.  This is a human rights issue that must be approached as an area of common ground.  No one supports the systematic elimination of women and girls.

In China, the birth ratio of girls to boys is the most skewed in the world.  The sex ratio at birth has risen from 108.5 in 1982 to almost 118 boys born for every 100 girls born in 2010.

Sons traditionally carry on the family name, work the fields, and take care of their parents in old age. A daughter joins her husband’s family at marriage. There is a saying: “Raising a girl is like watering someone else’s garden.” The One Child Policy exacerbates the underlying son preference. When couples are restricted to one child, women often become the focus of intense pressure by their husband and in-laws to ensure a boy.

A woman need not be dragged out of her home and strapped down to a table to be a victim of forced abortion. Persistent emotional pressure, estrangement from the extended family, threat of abandonment or divorce, verbal abuse, and domestic violence often overpower women who otherwise would choose to keep their daughters.

Systematic, sex-selective abortion constitutes gendercide. Because of this gendercide, there are an estimated 37 million more males than females in China today. The presence of these “excess males” is the driving force behind human trafficking and sexual slavery, not only within China but from surrounding nations as well.

China has the highest female suicide rate of any country in the world. According to the 2013 U.S. State Department China Human Rights Report, the numbers of female suicides have risen sharply in the past several years, from 500 women per day to 590.

China’s One Child Policy causes more violence against women and girls than any other official policy on earth and any other official policy in the history of the world.  This is the true “War Against Women.”

The One Child Policy is causing a “senior tsunami.”  The population is aging rapidly, with no young population to sustain it.  According to figures provided by political economist and demographer Nicholas Eberstadt, China’s working population peaked in 2013 at about 73% and is now beginning a steady decline to 67% in 2030.  Meanwhile, the ratio of China’s population, ages 55-64 to its population ages 15 to 24, will increase from about 30% in 1990 to 140% in 2030.

Bottom line:  China will grow old before it grows rich.  China’s population problem is not that it has too many people, but that it has too few young people. 

Breast Cancer Induced by Forced Abortion Is a Violation of Women’s Rights

A medical study from China has revealed an additional way in which women are victimized by the One-Child Policy: significantly increased risk of breast cancer.

A meta-analysis of the association between induced abortion and breast cancer risk among Chinese females, dated November 24, 2013, was published by NCBI, National Center for Biotechnology Information, branch of the NIH, National Institute of Health.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24272196

Researchers in China have found that the dramatic rise in breast cancer in China is associated with the prevalence of induced abortions (IA) under the One-Child Policy. The study, conducted by a team of epidemiologists from Tianjin Medical University Cancer Hospital, analyzed data from over 36 different studies in both the United States and China. Their conclusion:

“IA [is] significantly associated with an increased risk of breast cancer among Chinese females, and the risk of breast cancer increases as the number of IA increases.” Specifically, the study found that one IA increases a woman’s risk of breast cancer by 44 percent, two by 76 percent, and three by 89 percent.

The study notes that historically, China has had low breast cancer rates when compared with Western nations, but “the incidence of breast cancer in China ha[s] increased at an alarming rate over the past two decades.” The study notes that this rise “was paralleled to the one-child-per-family policy.”

In our view, the strong association of abortion and breast cancer established by this study brings the women’s rights violations under the One Child Policy to a new level:  a woman pregnant in China without a birth permit is subjected to both government imposed forced abortion, and also breast cancer as a result of it. Where abortion is forced, the subsequent development of breast cancer becomes a violation of women’s rights in itself.  “China:  One-Child Policy Linked to Breast Cancer – Study.”   http://www.womensrightswithoutfrontiers.org/blog/?p=1428.  12/2/13

It is a woman’s right to choose to give birth to her daughters. Together, China and India comprise one third of the world’s population. That one-third of the world’s women are deprived of their right to bear girls is the biggest women’s rights abuse on earth. This is the true War on Women, and it deserves a passionate response from groups that stand for women’s rights.

These problems are not confined to China and India.  Female feticide happens in the United States and Canada in numbers significant enough to distort gender ratios.  This is discrimination against women in its most violent form.

Women’s Rights Without Frontiers:  International Advocacy

Fortunately, there is hope. Women’s Rights Without Frontiers has launched two campaigns.  First is our international advocacy campaign, in which we document these atrocities and speak to governments about how we in the West are funding it through UNFPA and International Planned Parenthood.  We have had some success:  The European Parliament passed a Resolution and the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in 2013 passed an “Agreed Conclusion” condemning forced abortion and state-run coercive population control.

Saving Baby Girls At-Risk in China – Our “Save a Girl” Campaign

Second, through our “Save a Girl” Campaign in rural China, we are stopping gendercide, one baby girl at a time. We have field workers in China who reach out to women who have had an ultrasound, learned that they are pregnant with a girl, and are planning to abort or abandon her. A field worker will visit that woman and say, “Don’t abort your baby just because she’s a girl. She’s a precious daughter. We will give you a monthly stipend for a year, to help you support her.”

The practical support we offer empowers these women to keep their daughters. By the time the girl is three months old, she’s laughing and smiling and the whole family is in love with her. They can’t imagine life without her and thank us for saving the life of their daughter. This is what gets me out of bed in the morning – knowing that there are babies in China who are alive today because of our efforts. It is astonishing how little money it takes to save someone’s life in China.

We are also living the mission every day, around our own kitchen table.  With the help of Cong. Chris Smith and other brave souls in the United States and China, we were able to obtain safe passage from China to the United States for Anni and Ruli Zhang, the daughters of veteran pro-democracy activist Zhang Lin, who is currently serving a 3.5 year jail sentence for standing up for 10-year-old Anni’s right to go to school.  My husband Robert and I have taken Anni and Ruli into our family and are raising them as our own daughters.  Anni has won a piano competition and will play at Carnegie Hall in December!  Anni’s mother was almost forcibly aborted at six months.  Anni is a shining example of the beauty, brilliance and love that are being lost every day in China, due to forced and sex-selective abortion.

Every struggling mother in China deserves help to keep her daughter. Every little girl deserves to see the light of day.

Learn more about the “Save a Girl” campaign:
http://womensrightswithoutfrontiers.org/index.php?nav=end-gendercide-and-forced-abortion

The Chinese Communist Party Will Never Relinquish Coercive Population Control

As fully explained in my Congressional testimony of April 30, 2015, the Chinese Communist Party will never relinquish coercive population control because 1) it enables them to maintain its grip on power through terror – it is social control, masquerading as population control; 2) it is a lucrative profit center, bringing in as much as $314 billion in fines since its inception; 3) it provides an infrastructure of coercion that can be used to crush dissent of any sort; and 4) it ruptures relationships of trust, so that people cannot organize for change.  I believe that the Chinese Communist Party is maintaining its grip on power by shedding the blood of the innocent women and babies of China.

Conclusion

Sending out the message that China has “abandoned” its one-child policy is detrimental to sincere efforts to stop forced abortion and gendercide in China, because this message implies that the one-child policy is no longer a problem. In a world laden with compassion fatigue, people are relieved to cross China’s one-child policy off of their list of things to worry about. But we must not do that. Let us not abandon the women of China, who continue to face forced abortion, and the baby girls of China, who continue to face sex-selective abortion and abandonment under the new Two-Child Policy.

The one-child policy does not need to be modified. It needs to be abolished.

Policy Recommendations:

We respectfully request that the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women urge the Chinese government to:

*Abolish the Two-Child Policy and all forms of coercive population control;

*Offer incentives for couples to have girls;[7]

*Offer pensions to couples who do not have a son, ensuring that parents of girls will not become impoverished in their old age;

*Abolish the hukou system, so that all children will have access to healthcare and education;

*Establish principles of Corporate Social Responsibility, to ensure that foreign corporations doing business in China do not allow coercive population control measures to be taken against their employees; and

*Defund UNFPA, unless and until UNFPA stops supporting or participating in the management of a program of coercive abortion or involuntary sterilization in China, in violation of the 1985 Kemp-Kasten Amendment.

I hope to work with you to help end this extremely serious violation of the rights of women and girls in China.  Please feel free to contact me should you require any further information.

Thank you for your attention to this urgent matter.

Very truly yours,

Reggie Littlejohn

Reggie Littlejohn, President

Women’s Rights Without Frontiers

www.womensrightswithoutfrontiers.org

Stop Forced Abortion – China’s War on Women! Video (4 mins)
www.youtube.com/watch?v=JjtuBcJUsjY

 

[1] “Why Critics Are Not Satisfied with the End of China’s One-Child Policy.”  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2015/10/29/why-critics-are-not-satisfied-with-the-end-of-chinas-one-child-policy/ 10/29/15; “Still No Dignity for Chinese Women.” http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/11/opinion/china-one-child-policy-still-no-dignity-for-chinese-women.html 11/11/15; “Change from One- to Two-Child Policy Won’t End Forced Abortions in China.”  http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/penny-starr/human-rights-advocate-change-one-two-child-policy-wont-end-forced-abortions 10/29/15; “Horrors of One-Child Policy Leave Deep Scars in Chinese Society.”  https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/horrors-of-one-child-policy-leave-deep-scars-in-chinese-society/2015/10/30/6bd28e0c-7e7b-11e5-bfb6-65300a5ff562_story.html 10/30/15

[2] “2-Child Policy ‘to fuel growth by 0.5%.’”  http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2015-11/10/content_15342620.html 11/1/15; “China Amps Up PR Campaign Extolling ‘Two-Child Policy.’” http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/11/10/china-amps-pr-campaign-extolling-two-child-policy/ 11/10/15

[3] “China Stresses Two-Child Policy Not Yet Valid.”  http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2015-11/10/c_134802823.htm 11/10/15; No Help for Chinese Mom Expecting Second Child:  New Two-Child Policy Won’t Be Enacted in Time to Save Pro-Life Leader Facing Pressure to Abort.”  http://www.worldmag.com/2015/10/no_relief_for_chinese_mom_expecting_second_child 10/30/15

[4] “China’s Population-Control Machine Churns On.”  https://www.freedomhouse.org/blog/china-population-control-machine-churns 1/13/14

[5] Guangdong Families Told to Have Abortion or Lose Job

http://www.sixthtone.com/news/guangdong-families-told-have-abortion-or-lose-job

[6] ADDENDUM. On August 3, 2016 – just after this Complaint was filed — an article appeared on womenofchina.cn, the English language website of the Communist Party-affiliated China Women’s Federation.  The article, entitled, “Couples Not Waiting for Two-Child Policy,” stated: “Remarried couples in Guangdong province who are pregnant with their second child will not be forced to have an abortion, even though they have not yet been granted permission for a second child.  The provincial population and family planning commission will also not suggest that employers dismiss or punish those who are pregnant with a second child without permission, the [provincial] commission said on Tuesday.”  See,  http://www.womenofchina.cn/womenofchina/html1/features/Spotlight/1608/372-1.htm

It is unclear whether the statement of the provincial commission would affect the families whose plight is discussed in Sixth Tone.  For both families, three children were involved.  Would the current pregnancies of Zhong and He be considered second or third children?  Will they be allowed to maintain their pregnancies without losing their jobs or paying a “terror fine”?  Only time will tell.

Meanwhile, the Women’s Federation article goes on to quote a remarried woman from Guangdong as saying, “Some wives who have been pregnant with their second child have had an abortion because they fear being dismissed by their employers.”  The decisions of these married women to abort their second children rather than lose their jobs underscores the ongoing human agony and tragedy caused by coercive population control in China.  The Women’s Federation article concludes by noting that “the birthrate in [Guangdong] – which lacks a sufficient workforce and relies on people migrating from other provinces – has remained low for decades . . .”  This is the real reason for the adjustment from a One-Child Policy to a Two-Child Policy.  The Chinese government has not repented of its women’s rights atrocities.  Rather, it fears the inevitable economic consequences of its 35-year history of coercive population control.

[7] We have found in our “Save a Girl” campaign that the encouragement of modest monetary support is enough to make the difference between life and death to a baby girl. “Twin Girls Saved from Abortion in China, Husband’s Family Only Wanted Boys.” http://www.lifenews.com/2014/05/30/twin-girls-saved-from-abortion-in-china-husband-family-told-wife-they-only-wanted-boys/

 

Related Links, 2015- 2016

 Couples Not Waiting for Two-child Policy 8/3/1 http://www.womenofchina.cn/womenofchina/html1/features/Spotlight/1608/372-1.htm

China:  Woman 8 Months Pregnant Forced to Abort or Lose Job http://www.nationalrighttolifenews.org/news/2016/08/china-woman-8-months-pregnant-forced-to-abort-or-lose-job/#.V6ANyK4eNRk

China’s Population Control Machine Reaches Disastrous Proportions http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/chinas-population-control-machine-reaches-disastrous-proportions/

Why Many Women in China Won’t Celebrate Mother’s Day http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/why-many-women-in-china-wont-celebrate-mothers-day-96721/

Women’s United Nations Reporting Network: Sterilizations, Fines Enforce China’s Population Control Policy http://www.wunrn.com/2016/05/china-forced-abortion-sterilization-fines-enforce-chinas-population-control-policy-data-through-2015/

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

China Smuggles Vietnamese Child Brides to Bridge Gender Imbalance http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2016/04/29/china-smuggles-vietnamese-child-brides-bridge-gender-imbalance/

Exposing Inhumane, Coercive Population Control 4/28/16
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/apr/28/wilberforce-weekend-exposing-inhumane-coercive-pop/?page=all

State Dept. Human Rights Report Estimated 23 Million Abortions in China – More than 63,000 a Day http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/penny-starr/state-dept-human-rights-report-estimated-23-million-abortions-china-last

Federal Report:  China Suppression of Rights Getting Worse, Not Better http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2016/04/18/report-china-suppression-getting-worse/

China Aborts 23 Million Per Year as Part of Government Policies that Persist https://stream.org/china-aborts-23-million-per-year-part-of-policies-that-persist/

China Kills 23 Million Unborn Babies Each Year; Forced Abortion, Sterilization Continue http://www.christiantoday.com/article/china.kills.23.million.unborn.babies.each.year.forced.abortion.sterilisation.continue.unabated.u.s.state.department/84175.htm

Human Rights Group Decries Gendercide – 200 Million Girls Killed Sex-Selective Abortions 4/14/16 http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/04/14/human-rights-group-decries-gendercide-200-million-girls-killed-sex-selective-abortions/

China Brags on Ending Lives to Stop Pollution http://www.onenewsnow.com/pro-life/2016/03/24/china-brags-on-ending-lives-to-stop-pollution

Women’s Rights Activist:  China Policy Official Government Rape http://www.wnd.com/2016/03/womens-rights-activist-china-policy-official-government-rape/

Reggie Littlejohn to United Nations:  Forced Abortion is not the answer to Climate Change http://catholicbusinessjournal.biz/content/reggie-littlejohn-united-nations-forced-abortion-not-answer-climate-change

中国打击反拐NGO比反拐更严厉 http://www.voachinese.com/content/china-women-rights-forum-new-york-20160316/3241419.html

Epoch Times – Congressional Hearing http://www.epochtimes.com/b5/15/12/5/n4588784.htm

女权组织联合国总部呼吁中国停止强制堕胎 http://www.voachinese.com/content/reggie-littlejohn-20150320/2689070.html

中国大兴无创性产前测试技术 女婴堕胎趋势上升 http://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/renquanfazhi/nu-12242015095303.html

China’s War on Women Continues Unabated (NIPT) http://www.onenewsnow.com/pro-life/2016/03/09/chinas-war-on-women-continues-unabated

Report:  China had worst year ever for Human Rights Abuses in 2015 http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/03/08/report-china-had-worst-year-ever-for-human-rights-abuses-in-2015/

Activists Call for Release of Jailed Women http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/activists-call-for-release-of-jailed-women-03082016114921.html

Catholic News Agency:  Why China’s Two-Child Policy Won’t Alter Its Human Rights Horrors http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/why-chinas-two-child-policy-wont-alter-its-human-rights-horrors-57868/

China Eliminates Birth Permits, But Violators Still to Be Punished http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2016/01/08/china-eliminates-birth-permits-but-violators-still-to-be-punished/

Boost in Pre-Natal DNA Testing Could Target Girls for Sex-Selective Abortion http://www.lifenews.com/2015/12/24/boost-in-prenatal-dna-testing-could-target-girls-for-sex-selective-abortion/

The End of China’s One Child Policy 12/13/15 http://yaleglobalhealthreview.com/2015/12/13/the-end-of-chinas-one-child-policy/

中国大兴无创性产前测试技术 NIPT testing causes rise in abortion of females 女婴堕胎趋势上升 http://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/renquanfazhi/nu-12242015095303.html

CBN:  State-Controlled Parenting Still the Rule of Law in China http://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/world/2015/December/State-Controlled-Parenting-Still-the-Rule-of-Law-in-China/

China’s Abortion Policy:  New Name, Same Death http://www.wnd.com/2015/12/chinas-abortion-policy-new-name-same-death/

Epoch Times:  China’s Two-Child Policy:  Coercive Population Control Continues. http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/1913381-chinas-two-child-policy-coercive-population-control-continues/

美国会听证〝二胎化〞 议员:中共控制生育甚于纳粹| 新唐人 … http://www.ntdtv.com/xtr/gb/2015/12/05/a1239789_p.html

Video: Expert Says China Will Continue forced abortions, sterilizations 11/25/15 https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/expert-chinas-new-two-child-policy-will-not-halt-abortions-sterilizations

Chinese Government Raked in Billions in Fines from One-Child, Forced-Abortion Policy.  By Reggie Littlejohn.  11/23/15 http://www.lifenews.com/2015/11/23/chinese-government-raked-in-billions-in-fines-from-one-child-forced-abortion-policy/

Washington Post:  Why critics are not satisfied with the end of China’s One Child Policy https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2015/10/29/why-critics-are-not-satisfied-with-the-end-of-chinas-one-child-policy/

Ted Cruz Blasts China’s Population Control:  “If We Stand for Women, Stand Against Forced Abortions.”  11/5/15 http://www.lifenews.com/2015/11/05/ted-cruz-blasts-chinas-population-control-if-we-stand-for-women-stand-against-forced-abortions/

China Amps PR Campaign Extolling Two-Child Policy http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/11/10/china-amps-pr-campaign-extolling-two-child-policy/

Ted Cruz Slams China’s Population Control Policy http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/11/05/ted-cruz-slams-chinas-population-control-policy/

The Dissident – Victims of Communism Blog – China’s New Two-Child Policy Will Not End Forced Abortion or Gendercide http://blog.victimsofcommunism.org/chinas-new-two-child-policy-will-not-end-forced-abortion-or-gendercide/

Chicago Tribune: Horrors of China’s One Child Policy leaves deep scars in Chinese society http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-china-one-child-policy-20151031-story.html

Center for Global Strategic Monitoring. (Gordon Chang) China’s Self-Inflicted Demographic Disaster is Here http://www.cgsmonitor.com/2015/10/31/chinas-self-inflicted-demographic-disaster-is-here/

China to Allow Two Children, But Human Rights Concerns Continue http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/china-to-allow-two-children-but-human-rights-concerns-continue

End of China’s ‘One Child’ Policy Draws International Reactions http://www.voanews.com/content/end-of-china-one-child-policy-engenders-dsicussion/3030076.

China’s New Two-Child Policy Will Not End Forced Abortion or Gendercide http://www.lifenews.com/2015/10/30/chinas-new-two-child-policy-will-not-end-forced-abortion-or-gendercide/

Critics Say China’s Two-Child Ploy Changes Nothing http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/10/30/critics-say-chinas-two-child-ploy-changes-nothing/

Horrors of One Child Policy Leave Deep Scars in Chinese Society https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/horrors-of-one-child-policy-leave-deep-scars-in-chinese-society/2015/10/30/6bd28e0c-7e7b-11e5-bfb6-65300a5ff562_story.html

Human rights activists and the US government position: two-child policy is still not enough 人权人士及美国政府表态:二胎政策仍不够 (with Chen Guangcheng and Chris Smith) http://www.voachinese.com/content/human-rights-us-two-child-policy-china-20151029/3028709.html

Why critics are not satisfied with the end of China’s One Child Policy https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2015/10/29/why-critics-are-not-satisfied-with-the-end-of-chinas-one-child-policy/

Human Rights Advocate:  Change from One- to Two-Child Policy Won’t End Forced Abortions http://cnsnews.com/news/article/penny-starr/human-rights-advocate-change-one-two-child-policy-wont-end-forced-abortions

China Admits One-Child Policy a Failure 10/29/15 http://www.wnd.com/2015/10/china-admits-1-child-policy-a-failure/

China Relaxes One Child Policy, But Control Persists (interviewed with Robert George and Chen Guangcheng) http://aleteia.org/2015/10/30/china-relaxes-one-child-policy-but-control-persists/

China Replaces One-Child Policy with Two-Child Policy 10/27/15 http://www.ewtnnews.com/catholic-news/World.php?id=12846

China replaces one-child Policy with two-child policy 10/29/15 http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/china-replaces-one-child-policy-with-two-child-policy-74705/

China Replaces One-Child Policy with Two-Child Policy 10/27/15 http://www.ewtnnews.com/catholic-news/World.php?id=12846

China Admits One-Child Policy Failure http://www.wnd.com/2015/10/china-admits-1-child-policy-a-failure/

Yale Law Grad Who Abandoned Her Career to Help Save 200 Chinese Babies (The Heritage Foundation / Daily Signal) 10/20/15 http://dailysignal.com/2015/10/20/meet-the-yale-law-grad-who-abandoned-her-career-to-help-save-200-chinese-babies/

U.S. Chinese Human Rights Activists Urge China to End Coercive Birth Control 10/16/15 中美人权人士敦促中国停止强制计生 http://www.voachinese.com/content/us-china-human-rights-aboration-20151014/3007080.html

Xi Jinping’s “Commitment” to Women’s Rights Rings Hollow, Activists Say 9/28/15 http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/1777907-xi-jinpings-commitment-to-womens-rights-rings-hollow-activists-say/

 

 

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