Thanks to your help, “Xingjuan” was saved from being given away to strangers

Xingjuan was eleven months old when we found her.  She is a rare third daughter in her family.  Rare, because even second daughters are at risk of being aborted or abandoned under China’s Two Child Policy.  Few third daughters are allowed to see the light of day.  

Life is extremely hard for Xingjuan and her family.  Her parents are vegetable farmers.  During the Covid-19 economic shutdown in China, no trucks came to their remote village to buy vegetables.  Much of their crop simply rotted in the greenhouse.  Not only did they make no money, but they spent money, time and energy maintaining their farm.  Now, they are financially devastated. 

Another factor that makes life hard for this family is “daughter shaming.”  They are known in their village as “the family with daughters only.”  Xingjuan’s paternal grandmother feels particularly shamed by this, because her son (Xingjuan’s father) is the only boy she had, and now she has no grandsons, either.  This grandmother found a family in a nearby village that has two sons, and tried to pressure Xingjuan’s mom into giving Xingjuan away to that family.  Because there are so many more men living in China than women, some parents resort to “adopting” a baby girl, to raise her as the future wife of their son.  Xingjuan’s mom fought against giving away her daughter. 

Fortunately for Xingjuan and her family, our fieldworker heard about their plight and approached them with an offer of encouragement and financial support for one year.  Our support turned the whole situation around: now Xingjuan is viewed as a lucky girl by her family, and even the grandmother has changed her mind.  The grandmother said that for years she prayed to God for a grandson, but now she sees that granddaughters can be a big blessing from God, too.  She admits she has never thought of granddaughters this way before!  

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MARCH FOR LIFE D.C: VIRTUALLY “MARCHING” TO SAVE BABY GIRLS AND ABANDONED WIDOWS IN CHINA

Reggie leads a group marching against forced abortion and gendercide in China, at a recent March for Life.

Like so many, we were disappointed that the March for Life was virtual this year.   The March for Life has long been one of the highlights of our year.  There is no substitute for the energy of being in the midst of that massive march!

Women’s Rights Without Frontiers “marched” virtually to end “gendercide” – the sex-selective abortion of baby girls — in China.  In addition, WRWF “marched” on behalf of abandoned widows, and on behalf of the Uyghur minority women who are being forcibly aborted and sterilized by the Chinese Communist Party in Xinjiang.

Reggie Littlejohn, President of WRWF, stated,  “We believe that women have the right to give birth to their daughters without being pressured to selectively abort them.  And we also believe that elderly women have the right to live out their days with dignity, with food on the table every day, knowing that someone cares about them in their old age – even if that person lives on the other side of the earth.”

The sex-selective abortion or abandonment of baby girls has continued under the Two Child Policy.  

According to the new Congressional-Executive Commission in China Report, released on January 14, 2021 “. . . Chinese authorities continued to threaten or impose punishments, including heavy fines, job termination, and abortion, on families for illegal pregnancies and births.”  These atrocities were especially committed against the Uyghurs:  “According to [German research analyst Adrian] Zenz and the AP [Associated Press report], government documents show that beginning in 2016, authorities have carried out widespread and systematic forced sterilizations, abortions, and intrauterine device (IUD) insertions on ethnic minority women in the XUAR [Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region], at rates far higher than anywhere else in China.”  

Secretary of State Pompeo declared the Chinese Communist Party’s treatment of the Uyghur Muslim minority population in Xinjiang to be Genocide.  Their practices of forced abortion, forced sterilization and forced contraception are China’s War on Women.

According to one U.N. estimate, up to 200 million women are missing in the world today because of sex-selective abortion.  This gendercide has created a gender imbalance in China, where there are an estimated 37 million more males living than females.  This gender imbalance is in turn driving human trafficking and sexual slavery, within China and from the surrounding countries.

WRWF’s “Save a Girl” Campaign has saved hundreds of baby girls from sex-selective abortion or abandonment.

At the other end of life, China has the highest female suicide rate in the world.  According to a State Department Report, 590 women end their lives every day in China.  China also has a skyrocketing rate of senior suicide, which has increased 500% in the past 20 years. The One Child Policy has destroyed the family structure in China.  In the past, the Chinese enjoyed large families and it was not a burden for children and grandchildren to support the elderly.  Now many elderly are completely abandoned and destitute, especially elderly widows.  And the sad solution for many is to end their lives.  Our Save a Widow Campaign is restoring hope and dignity to widows in rural China. 

Littlejohn concluded, “We at Women’s Rights Without Frontiers are committed to helping Chinese women at every stage of their lives.  We help baby girls to be born, instead of being selectively aborted or abandoned because they are girls.  Likewise, we help their mothers defend themselves against the pressure to abort or abandon their baby girls.  And now we are extending help to elderly widows, to ease their suffering and give them dignity and new hope in the twilight season of their lives.  We do this because of the infinite value of each human life, from beginning to end.” 

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CHINA CLAIMS IT HAS “EMANCIPATED” UYGHUR WOMEN FROM BEING “BABY-MAKING MACHINES”

Uyghur mother and sons in Xinjiang Province, China (iStock photo credit: rweisswald)

“In the process of eradicating extremism, the minds of Uygur [sic] women were emancipated . . . making them no long [sic] baby-making machines.” 

This quote is taken from an article recently appearing in the Chinese Communist Party-owned China Daily, claiming that the “eradication of extremism” has helped Uyghur women “to become healthy, confident and independent.”  In fact, this article seeks to justify China’s horrific human rights abuses against Uyghur women.  U.S. officials and China critics have slammed the article.  Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, for example, promptly responded in a tweet,“Uyghur women are not ‘emancipated’ by forced abortions and sterilizations.” 

The China Daily article states that the birthrate among Uyghurs in Xinjiang has decreased “from the eradication of religious extremism.” What’s missing from the article is that, according to an AP Report, CCP-backed scholars have identified “as a key obstacle [to the CCP’s goals in Xinjiang] the religious belief that ‘the fetus is a gift from God.’”   This belief is identified as “religious extremism.”  By that definition, believers in most major world religions, including Christianity, would be identified by the CCP as “religious extremists.”   

Saying that the minds of Uyghur women have been “emancipated” from this “extremism,” “making them no longer baby-making machines,” shows the Chinese Communist Party’s disparaging view of religious faith, its patronizing view of women, its racism against Uyghurs, and its complete disrespect for the value of human life.

The China Daily article, citing a “report,” claims “The changes were not caused by ‘forced sterilization’ of the Uygur [sic] population, as repeatedly claimed by some Western scholars and politicians.’”  

This claim is pure propaganda.  It demonstrates the way in which the CCP’s media organs simply promote any narrative they want the world to believe, without any connection to reality.   In fact, according to credible sources — including the Associated Press, researcher Adrian Zenz, and Radio Free Asia, — substantial evidence exists that Uyghur women are being heavily persecuted through forced abortion, forced sterilization, and even infanticide.  These practices constitute crimes against humanity. 

The Trump administration has taken a leading role worldwide in forcefully condemning the CCP’s atrocities against the Uyghurs, a Muslim minority group in Xinjiang Province, also known as East Turkistan.   The Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act received strong, bicameral and bipartisan support.  We call upon the Biden administration strongly to condemn human rights atrocities perpetrated by the CCP in Xinjiang, to sanction Chinese officials responsible for these atrocities under the Global Magnitsky Act, and to issue a genocide determination.  We further call upon them not to renew funding for the UNFPA, absent complete transparency and proof that the UNFPA is not collaborating with the CCP’s egregious population control program.  We also believe that China should not be honored to host the Winter Olympics in Beijing in 2022.

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Breakpoint/Colson Center Reggie Interview: God’s Image in a Little Girl

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I am grateful to Breakpoint and the Colson Center for highlighting our life-saving work in China.   This Breakpoint piece focuses on my work at Mother Teresa’s home for abandoned children in Calcutta.  I tried to feed a small girl with a broken body but the spirit of a giant.  The radiance of her smile showed me why Mother Teresa was committed to the infinite value of every human life, especially those society casts off as worthless.  In many ways, this small girl was the inspiration behind our mission to save baby girls in China.  You can read this inspiring Breakpoint interview HERE.

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Happy Thanksgiving! Babies, Mothers and Widows in China Are Grateful to You

As we celebrate a day of thanks with our families and loved ones, I hope you feel great about what you have done for the women and girls of China.  Because of your generous support, hundreds of mothers have been able to resist the pressure to abort or abandon their baby girls.  These mothers are intensely grateful to you for enabling them to keep their beloved daughters. 

And, because of you, we are able to offer dignity and support to destitute widows in the Chinese countryside.  They are grateful beyond words for your help, which translates into food on the table and the restored sense that — even when their families have abandoned them — there are people who care, including you!

May the gratitude of the families we have saved in China overflow into your own hearts and homes this Thanksgiving day and always.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Today is World Children’s Day – “Third Daughter” Saved in China

“Zhilan’s” mom was ready to give her away to strangers, until she talked to our fieldworker!

November 20 is World Children’s Day, commemorating the day in 1959 when the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child.  Today, 61 years later, let us remember that an estimated 200 million women and girls throughout the world are “missing” through sex-selective abortion, abandonment, and fatal neglect.  But we are saving baby girls in China! 

This radiant little girl, Zhilan, is such a girl.  Unfortunately for her, she is the third daughter in her family.  Under China’s Two Child Policy, even second daughters are at risk of being aborted or abandoned.  Too many third daughters like Zhilan are never allowed to see the light of day.  

Zhilan’s family is poor, and did not want a third child, much less a third daughter.  Her mother was afraid of the harsh financial penalties of having a third child under China’s Two Child Policy.   Therefore, the family was thinking about giving Zhilan away to strangers.  They had even found a couple in a nearby city who wanted a daughter.  

But Zhilan’s mother knew that something was wrong, because the thought of giving Zhilan away to strangers broke her heart.  She could not bear the thought of a strange couple coming to take away her little daughter.  In anguish, she did not know what to do. 

Fortunately, one of our fieldworkers heard about Zhilan and visited the family to offer a monthly stipend for a year.  With our encouragement Zhilan’s mother decided to keep her beautiful, third daughter.  With tears in her eyes, she told our fieldworker, “Money is helpful, but this is something bigger than money.  I made the decision that I will raise my daughter myself, because a stranger from far away wants to help her.  Now I see that there is no excuse for me to give her away.” 

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WATCH – Reggie’s Feature Interview – China’s One Child Policy Turns 40

Dear Friends,

Friday, September 25 marked the 40th anniversary of China’s One Child (now Two Child) Policy.  I was truly humbled that the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation chose to interview me in commemoration of this somber anniversary.   The eminent Dr. Adrian Zenz, Senior Research Fellow in China Studies at the VOC, introduced me.  At minute 4:43,  I begin my 25 minute presentation on the atrocities of the Chinese Communist Party, and what we are doing to help, especially with our Save a Girl and Save a Widow campaigns.   Dr. Zenz discusses continuing forced abortion, involuntary sterilization and infanticide against the Uyghurs.  This event is co-sponsored by Women’s Rights Without Frontiers and the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation.  You can watch this powerful interview HERE.

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Chinese Widow Lixue Lost her Husband, her Son, and her Will to Live

“Lixue” was “too sad to live” until our fieldworker gave her hope and help

Lixue is seventy-two years old.  Her husband passed away twenty-eight years ago from lung cancer.  Tragically, her only child, a son, committed suicide in June 2020, at age 26, just one month before our fieldworker found her. We may have saved this precious widow from committing suicide herself.

Lixue has never been to school and she has never traveled outside the town in rural China where she was born. She was infertile, and so adopted her son when she was forty-six years old.  His biological mother ran away when he was one month old. Since Lixue is from a poor family, no one wanted to marry her son. (Because of the sex-selective abortion of baby girls, there is now a great shortage of marriage-age women.  For this reason, a young man’s parents are often expected to provide a home for their son so that he can attract a wife.)  Lixue believes her son killed himself in June because he borrowed too much money in order to attract a girlfriend, and could not pay it back.  Lixue can’t forgive herself, because she had no money to help him. 

When our fieldworker found her, Lixue said she was “too sad to live.”  Was Lixue thinking of committing suicide?  If so, she would not be alone. China has the highest female suicide rate of any country in the world, especially in the rural areas.  Beyond this, the senior suicide rate has skyrocked 500% over the past 20 years, because the One Child Policy has decimated the family structure and left millions of seniors destitute with no children to care for them.

Our fieldworker came to Lixue saying she is a human being deserving of dignity and love.  She also offered Lixue $25 per month in practical support.  Lixue feels comforted, knowing that there are people in the world who care about her enough to visit her every month and give her the financial help she desperately needs to rescue her from abject poverty.

Women’s Rights Without Frontiers is helping Lixue during her time of greatest need, giving her hope and practical help.  With our help, she knows she is loved.  With the $25 a month we give her, she is able to eat better and heat her little room in the cold winter. 

Won’t you help abandoned widows in China? Learn more about our Save a Widow Campaign HERE.

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China’s One Child Policy Turns 40 — Forced Abortion and Infanticide Continue

A victim of late-term forced abortion in China in 2012.

According to an August, 2020 report by Radio Free Asia:

Every hospital had a family-planning unit that was responsible for implementation [of China’s Two-Child Policy] – who had how many kids, when they’d given birth to them – they tracked all of this.  The regulations were so strict:  There had to be three or four years between children.  There were babies born at nine months who we killed after inducing labor.  [Medical staff would] even kill the babies after they’d been born . . . they would kill them and dispose of the body.  They wouldn’t give the baby to the parents – they kill the babies when they’re born.”

This is the statement given to RFA by Hasiyet Abdulla, who worked in several hospitals in the Xinjiang/East Turkistan region of China for 15 years. 

Today marks the 40th anniversary of China’s One-Child (now Two-Child) Policy, the most massive social experiment in human history, responsible for hundreds of millions of forced abortions and sterilizations.  Forced abortion continues under the Two-Child Policy, as third children remain illegal.  Indeed, the same RFA investigation reports that, “According to a June 8 [2020] report published on the official Xinjiang Web news site, an average of 8 million “extra” pregnancies are aborted in China each year.”

This August 17, 2020 report by Radio Free Asia is the third in a trilogy of block-buster investigative reports – one by the Associated Press, the other by Adrian Zenz of the Jamestown Institute, both released in June, 2020 — demonstrating current, widespread use of forced abortion and sterilization by the Chinese Communist Party, against the Uyghur minority Muslim population of Xinjiang. 

Forced abortion, involuntary sterilization and infanticide continue to cause unimaginable suffering in China.  China’s One (now Two) Child Policy has caused more violence against women and girls than any other official policy in human history.  Now, on the 40th anniversary of its inception, we demand that this violence must end.

These reports demonstrate conclusively what I have been saying for years:  coercive population control has continued under the Two Child Policy.  What happened to the Han Chinese under the One Child Policy is happening to the Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities in Xinjiang now.  I believe these atrocities constitute both genocide and crimes against humanity.

Watch the video, “Stop Forced Abortion, China’s War on Women.”

Sign a petition to end forced abortion in China.

Coercive population control in China has also led to the sex-selective abortion of tens of millions of baby girls.  Now, there are an estimated 30 to 40 million more men living in China than women.  This extreme gender imbalance has led to large-scale human trafficking and sexual slavery in China.  Learn more about our Save a Girl Campaign, which has saved hundreds of baby girls in China.

Relatively unknown, however, is another enormous demographic group virtually ignored thus far:  the elderly, especially widows.  To address this, Women’s Rights Without Frontiers launched our Save a Widow Campaign.

WATCH our new video on Saving Widows in China:

China’s current elderly population is 241 million, 17.3 % of the nation’s total population, and rising.  China’s elderly population is set to peak at nearly half a billion, or 35% of the total population, in 2050. 

Sadly, senior suicide is on the rise.  According to a report in the China Daily — a Chinese government–affiliated English language news outlet — the suicide rate of rural Chinese elderly has increased 500% in the past two decades, from 100 to 500 per 100,000.  An abstract in The Lancet stated, “ On average, mortality from suicide in Chinese people aged 65-85 was 2.75-7.08 times that of the general population.”  According to sociologist Liu Yanwu, who studied the issue for six years, “. . . I was more shocked by the lack of concern in villages where the elderly commit suicide . . . It seems that death is nothing to fear, and suicide is a normal, even a happy end.”

In the past, elders were venerated and cared for by their children and grandchildren.  “Filial piety was valued in old China, but many elderly people in rural areas can no longer depend on their children as a result of the great economic and social changes over the past three decades,” continues Liu, “and the pension system fails to compensate . . . In China, farmers are vulnerable, and old farmers are the most vulnerable.”

The studies show that the elderly, especially elderly widows who traditionally have depended on their children to support them in old age, are becoming destitute and so desperate that they are committing suicide.  They are the invisible victims of the demographic disaster caused by the One Child Policy and are in urgent need of help.  For this reason, we launched our Save a Widow Campaign.  We have boots on the ground inside of China, restoring the dignity and giving practical support to abandoned, destitute widows in China to show them someone cares.

To learn more about the Save a Widow Campaign, click here.

To learn more about the Save a Girl Campaign, click here.

Related Links

Xinjiang Hospitals Aborted, Killed Babies Outside Family Planning Limits

https://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/abortions-08172020144036.html

China Cuts Uighur Births with IUDs, Abortion, Sterilization

https://apnews.com/article/269b3de1af34e17c1941a514f78d764c

Sterilizations, IUDs and Mandatory Birth Control:  The CCP’s Campaign to Suppress Uighur Birthrates in Xinjiang, By Adrian Zenz

https://jamestown.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Zenz-Internment-Sterilizations-and-IUDs-UPDATED-July-21-Rev2.pdf?x19740

Injury and Suicide in People Aged 60 years and over in China, An Analysis of Nationwide Data

https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(18)32670-9/fulltext

Isolated and Abandoned:  The Heartbreaking Reality of Old Age in Rural China

https://www.cnn.com/2019/02/07/asia/china-elderly-people-new-year-intl/index.html

‘They Ordered Me to Get an Abortion’:  A Chinese Woman’s Ordeal in Xinjiang

https://www.npr.org/2018/11/23/669203831/they-ordered-me-to-get-an-abortion-a-chinese-womans-ordeal-in-xinjiang

Can China Afford Rapid Aging?

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4949193/

Suicide Among Elderly Increases

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2014-08/04/content_18239837.htm

China’s Elderly Population to Peak at Half a Billion in 2050

https://gbtimes.com/chinas-elderly-population-to-peak-at-half-a-billion-in-2050

China’s Elderly Population Continues to Rise, With 241 Million Now Over 60

https://gbtimes.com/chinas-elderly-population-continues-to-rise

Save a Widow Campaign

https://www.womensrightswithoutfrontiers.org/index.php?nav=help-chinese-widows

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Coercive Population Control in China – Join me online Friday at 11:00 EDT

Dear Friends,

Friday, September 25 is the 40th anniversary of China’s One Child (now Two Child) Policy.  Please join me, and Dr. Adrian Zenz, Senior Research Fellow in China Studies at the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, for an online, virtual conversation commemorating this somber anniversary.  We will discuss the atrocities of the Chinese Communist Party, especially in light of continuing forced abortion, involuntary sterilization and infanticide against the Uyghurs.  This event is co-sponsored by Women’s Rights Without Frontiers and the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation.  Please register to attend virtually HERE.

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