Activist Reggie Littlejohn of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers on Thursday told the United Nations that the real “war on women” is being fought where forced abortion is triggering surges in suicide, breast cancer, an imbalance between men and women in society, and a young population that is too small to sustain its senior citizens.
“This [battle] is beyond David and Goliath,” she said in remarks prepared for presentation to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women meeting on Thursday. “It’s an enormous, long-term battle, but together, we can end forced abortion and gendercide and sweep these atrocities into the dung-heap of history, where they belong.”
Her organization runs several campaigns to counter the massive assault on women that often is sanctioned and sponsored by governments around the world.
She cited plans by the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women to review an earlier theme, “The elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls.”
The big gorilla in the room, she said, is the Chinese Communist Party’s restrictions on the number of children – first a one-child policy then updated recently to a two-child policy – which, Littlejohn said, makes essentially no difference because coerced abortion remains a government tool.
“The Chinese Communist Party boasts that it has ‘prevented’ 400 million lives through its brutal … policy. Indeed, regarding ‘sustainable development,’ the Chinese government has touted its ‘prevention’ of these 400 million lives as its contribution to the fight against global warming.”
But what the Chinese government “has not mentioned,” she said, “is the fact that too many of these lives were prevented through forced abortion and involuntary sterilization.”
“Human beings are not walking carbon footprints,” she said. “Forced abortion is not a choice. It is official government rape.
“The only way to end forced abortion under the one-child policy is to end coercive population control entirely,” she told the meeting.
Another problem she cited is gendercide, the deliberate destruction of a large portion of a generation of women.
“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,” she said.
That’s because in Chinese culture, seniors are dependent on sons.
In China, the sex ratio at birth has has risen from 108.5 in 1982 to almost 118 boys born for every 100 girls born in 2010.
The result? Millions of Chinese men never will marry because there are not enough women. The imbalancee also contributes to the trafficking in sex slaves, critics point out.
Also, China’s abortion policies are causing a “senior tsunami,” with aging population with fewer young people to support it.
China’s population in the 55-64 age group, compared to 15-24, will increase from 30 percent in 1990 to 140 percent in 2030, she said.
“China will grow old before it grows rich,” she said. “China’s population problem is not that it has too many people, but that it has too few young people.”
Then there’s the higher risk of breast cancer in women who have had an abortion, according to studies.
One study, she said, “found that one IA [abortion] increases a woman’s risk of breast cancer by 44 percent, two by 76 percent, and three by 89 percent.”
“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,” she said.
And it’s not just Asia.
“Female feticide happens in the United States and Canada in numbers significant enough to distort gender ratios,” she pointed out.
She said her organization has been working on an advocacy campaign to document the atrocities and point out how “we in the West are funding it through UNFPA and International Planned Parenthood.”
“We have had some success,” she said. “The European Parliemant 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.”
The organization’s “Save a Girl” campaign reaches out to Chinese women who are expecting daughters and plan to abort their pregnancies.
The field workers tell the women: “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.”
Littlejohn said that by the timethe girl is 3 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,” she said.
“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.”
The WRWF video on the abortion fight: