Women forced to abort under Chinas one-child policyBy Michelle Phillips-The Washington Times11:02 a.m., Wednesday, June 2, 2010http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/jun/2/women-forced-abort-under-chinas-one-child-policy/Every 2.4 seconds, a woman in China undergoes a forced abortion because of the communistnations one-child policy, totaling about 35,000 abortions a day, a panel of four experts saidTuesday."Over 400 million children are not living in China because of the one-child policy," said ReggieLittlejohn, president of Womens Rights Without Borders. "Thats more than the population of theUnited States."Tuesdays panel discussion -- dubbed "No Choice Allowed" -- featured Ms. Littlejohn; Rep.Christopher H. Smith, New Jersey Republican; Chai Ling, a leader of the 1989 Tiananmen Squareprotests; and Capt. Xiong Yan, another Tiananmen leader. About 70 people attended the discussion,which was held in the Rayburn House Office Building.Mr. Smith, who has been calling attention to the issue since 1982, said the one-child policy is "themost egregious human rights violation," which is little-known outside China."Many people in America know about the one-child policy but dont know it leads to forcedabortions," Ms. Littlejohn said, describing how women in China are dragged to hospitals andstrapped to beds for abortions.The panelists said they each have had personal contact with victims of forced abortion in China. Ms.Littlejohn used to be an attorney for Chinese refugees seeking help in the United States, many ofwhom shared their stories of forced abortions."It just broke my heart, so I left the law to devote my time fully to this issue," she said.China enacted its one-child policy in 1978 to curb its mushrooming population.
In an interview after the discussion, Mr. Smith said that with increased education and literacy, peoplein China would decide to have fewer children on their own. He pointed out that the trend can be seenin places that emphasize education."But [population control] never has to be through killing a child," he said.Panelists said that Chinese demographers have expressed fears that the one-child policy could leadto economic and social disaster in a few years.Still, other countries with population problems are considering copying Chinas model because of theaid and credibility it gets from U.N. Population Fund, Mr. Smith said.Dr. David Aikman, a former reporter for Time magazine who was in Beijing for the TiananmenSquare protests, ended the discussion by telling the story of an elderly Chinese man who said tohim, "Thank you for being here to tell the world what the Chinese government is doing to theChinese people."He said the same to the panelists, hoping the discussion would keep the issue fresh in the publicsmind.http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/chinas-one-child-policy-will-cause-demographic-disaster-expert-foresees/China’s one-child policy will cause demographicdisaster, expert foreseesRelated articles:Birth ControlBirth ControlBirth Control and NFP: Whats the Difference?What is partial-birth abortion?Front Royal, Va., Sep 30, 2010 / 09:11 am (CNA).- The Chinese government’sannouncement that its “one-child policy” will remain in place will lead the country into a“demographic disaster,” one expert observer has said. He suggested that a coerciveeuthanasia program could be added to the country’s coercive abortion and birth controlcampaigns.Li Ban, head of China’s National Population and Family Planning Commission, said thecountry “will stick to the family-planning policy in the coming decades," CNN reports.
In response, Joseph Meany, Director of International Coordination at Human LifeInternational (HLI), said the Chinese government’s population control policy is “stubbornlypersisting in leading their country into a demographic disaster.”"It is simply incomprehensible that the Chinese National Population and Family PlanningCommission can seriously mean to extend this destructive policy for an unspecified numberof decades into the future," said Meaney in a Tuesday press release."Chinas population is currently projected to start shrinking in absolute numbers by 2026,but the coerced low fertility of Chinese women means that the Peoples Republic of China isone of the fastest ageing societies in the world."Noting that there are often four grandparents for each child as a result of the policy, Meaneyasked how the Chinese government plans to pay the pensions of hundreds of millions ofelderly."One shudders to think what draconian measures will be implemented by the Chinesegovernment once it becomes fully apparent that they cannot financially support the millionsof disabled and elderly persons who are no longer seen as contributing to society. Coerciveeuthanasia cannot be far behind their renewed commitment to coercive abortion and birthcontrol."