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  • A Deadly Anniversary in China

    Tuesday marked the 32nd anniversary of China’s oppressive one-child policy.

    The population control rule, established on September 25, 1980, has resulted in almost 40 million “missing” women and some of the most egregious human rights violations in recent history.

    As recent, gruesome accounts from the communist country have illustrated, enforcement of the policy often comes in the form of coerced abortion and involuntary sterilizations. Just this past summer, the world was forced to confront the gruesome image of Feng Jianmei lying next to her dead child, reportedly killed after a forced abortion at seven months because Jianmei and her husband were unable to pay the hefty fine for having an unauthorized child.

    Reggie Littlejohn, president of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, catalogues just a few of the recent incidents of intimidation, coerced abortion, and their painful consequences under the policy in an open letter to Chinese President Hu Jintao:

    The coercive enforcement of China’s cruel and barbaric One Child Policy causes more violence towards women and girls than any other official policy on earth. It is China’s war against women and girls. Women are forcibly aborted up to the ninth month of pregnancy. Forced abortion is not a choice. It is systematic, institutionalized violence against women, official government rape; and it continues to this day.

    The one-child policy, coupled with a cultural preference for males, has helped in tipping the country’s demographics toward a dangerous and unsustainable gender imbalance. Bucking nature’s dictated sex ratio of 100 girls for every 105 boys, China’s average birth ratio is now 100 girls for every 118 boys—with some provinces reporting skewed gender balances as high as 130 boys for every 100 girls.

    Negative consequences of this intentional dearth of females are inevitable. Child kidnapping and bride trafficking are already linked to the decreased number of girls. And as Heritage has previously explained, “Increased crime, substance abuse, violence against women, and gang activity, researchers predict, will likely mar China’s future as millions of young Chinese men are demographically prohibited from settling down into the socializing institution of marriage.”

    The state-sanctioned oppression embodied in the enforcement of the one-child policy extends its inherent disregard for human rights to areas beyond government family planning clinics. As the world witnessed this past spring in the dramatic escape of forced-abortion opponent Chen Guangcheng, any resistance to the atrocities of the one-child policy are swiftly and mercilessly quashed.

    The resulting fear and coercion have proven useful to Communist Chinese officials wishing to keep the billion-person nation under strict government control. As Littlejohn explained at the Victims of Communism memorial earlier this year:

    The Chinese Communist Party wields forced abortion as an instrument of terror to keep its people down. The infrastructure of population control coercion can be turned in any direction, to crush dissent.… The true spirit of Communism is most clearly seen in the faces of the Chinese population control police as they drag women away, beat them, strap them down to tables, and force them to abort babies that they want, up to the ninth month of pregnancy.

    The United States and other international leaders who claim to support individual freedom and human dignity should demand an end to the coercive population control policies that strip women and men of fundamental rights and prohibit China from becoming a truly free and flourishing society.

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    7 Responses to A Deadly Anniversary in China

    1. Bobbie says:

      This is an inhumanly disturbing way to keep population control amongst the 21st century push from higher UN government ups enforcing man made human rights that doesn't comply to life! Kill the mother of human life and her womb that human life is growing?

      Human rights are inalienable and self controlled, not government dictate!! So sad one simple principle of America hasn't reached world leaders at this time in the history of men and that's respect for human life to control ones' own. What a 21st century disappointment of mankind where once personal dignity and strength was common character now falling weak like a contagious virus that hit America's leadership!

    2. China Expat says:

      The phenomenon of forced abortion in China is a result of the socioeconomic and cultural forces that require it. China is a country mired in poverty and hamstrung by a lack of social services, as a result older generations rely on their sons to provide for them financially in retirement–you can actually sue your son if you reach a certain age and he doesn't help pay your regular expenses. There's no such thing as social security. For millennia the culture has encouraged women to focus on marriage and avoid developing an independent worldview, as a result there are relatively few Chinese women who strive to become professionally successful as their western counterparts do. For these reasons and countless others out of most people's control, the population of China will continue to be regulated out of necessity. Only with enough social programs supporting Chinese people, a high enough standard of living to sustain a growing population, and a cultural shift encouraging female independence will forced abortions become a thing of the past.

      I share your outrage over such an atrocious phenomenon, as will any reader of this article, but from a practical standpoint complaining about how terrible this is just pulls on people's heartstrings and fails to address the underlying factors responsible for its manifestation.

      • Bobbie says:

        Why aren't measures taken to avoid abortions? Sex is mutual consent is it not and since it is why can't the outcome of that choice be the FULL responsibility of those that chose eliminating government dictate?

    3. Saralyn says:

      What doesn't the author mention a single word about the population control benefit of the one child policy? A super-biased article aimed for U.S. egocentric propaganda.

      • Robin says:

        What could possibly be the benefit from forcing a woman to abort her baby?

      • Value of human life says:

        Forced abortion does NOT benefit anybody. In fact, abortion is a massive crime against humanity, against you and against me whenever an unborn's life is taken away. People who engage in abortion and those who support and encourage it should in fact, evaluate whether they should take their own lives instead of taking the life of an innocent human being just to put the population under control. Just think about it: those that force a woman into abortion to put the population under control should actually just go outside and hang themselves. The truth is that the unborn child deserves the right to life just as much as they do. So why in the world of reason do they think that it's okay for them to drown a newborn baby of force the baby to be aborted when they themselves are eating the food and drinking the water off the land of China? Since they also put economic stress on China's system, why shouldn't they die and kill themselves as well? Why kill the unborn? A violation against a single human being deteriorates the whole moral fabric of this universe. Again, I tell you – in China, America, and wherever abortion is legalized – when the life of an unborn child is snuffed out, it's a threat to every single human being on this planet because abortion serves only one purpose, which is to tell that human life is not precious and that it's disposable according to economic or selfish interests of evil people who put economics ahead of the value of human life.

    4. PeggySue says:

      Aging parents will have more financial and physical support if they have more children. Why is the Chinese government making decisions that should be made by the couple and ultimately God?

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