The abortion of girls in favor of sons under the Chinese government’s one-child policy is known to have cost millions of lives, and the full impact of the policy is yet to be seen.
India also has a problem problem with girls, as many are aborted because of the financial obligations of the cultural dowry practice.
Now the United Nations is recognizing that some 200 million women and girls are “demographically missing” worldwide.
The Geneva Center for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces said in its “Women in an Insecure World: Violence Against Woman Facts, Figures and Analysis” report that the “euphemism hides one of the most shocking crimes against humanity.”
And it’s not going to fix itself, according to Reggie Littlejohn, president of Womens Rights Without Frontiers, whose group battles the Chinese one-child policy.
“It’s not going to be going away,” she told WND on Monday. “It’s going to be getting worse.”
The ripples of the anti-girl policies and practices will be felt for generations, she said.
“In China, there are whole villages of ‘bare branches,'” said Littlejohn, describing the problem of men who will never will marry and have a family because of the gender imbalance.
“What worries me is that there are 37 million frustrated, marriage age, military age men in China,” she said.
Coincidentally, she said the number of men in India who will never marry is about the same, 37 million.
Already the problem is manifesting itself with human trafficking and sexual slavery, she said.
She provided statistics to WND that shows the extent of the problem. In China alone, under its one-child policy, 336 million women have been aborted and 195 million have been sterilized.
They never will be mothers, costing future generations, she said.
Statistics point to a demographic crisis. Within 40 years, China will have 500 million elderly citizens, and “many of these will be lonely and impoverished, as their only children will have moved to the cities.”
Littlejohn also cited statistics from India. While it does not have a one-child policy, it also discriminates against unborn girls. Families are burdened by the dowry system, which obligates a girl’s family to pay the boy’s family at the time of a marriage.
So a pregnant woman who finds out she is having a girl “knows that some day her family will have to pay a large sum for dowry,” the report said. “In contrast, if she is carrying a boy, she knows that some day her family will receive a large sum for dowry.”
The pressure for boy babies is so intense that Live Action News, an American pro-life organization, reported this week that a woman who already had daughters confessed to aborting the next 18 children she had because they all were girls.
One of the groups that fights gendercide, the Gendercide Awareness Project, reported that gendercide also is being reported in Vietnam, Singapore, Taiwan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Turkey, Syria, Iran, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Albania, Romania, Montenegro, Kosovo, Macedonia, Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria and most countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Estimates of the number of women lost varies widely. The Nobel prize-winning economist Amartya Sen put the number at 100 million in 2000. In 2011, the U.N. Population Fund estimated it was 117 million.
The report said: “When we look at percentages, it is evidence that China, with 10.3 percent of its women missing, eliminates a higher percentage of its females than any other country in the world. India follows next, with about 7 percent missing, and then Afghanistan with 7 percent.”
The result will be, the report said, sex trafficking, girls “kidnapped, lured or sold into prostitution” and “unsavory trade in ‘brides.'”
It continued: “One might think that when men compete for a limited number of women, women’s power and prestige increases. However, the opposite is true. Because women are scarce, bachelors turn to ever younger girls as brides. Young girls are married off to much older men, sometimes even before the girls reach puberty. Once married, these girls have no time for education or paid work. Their older husbands and in-laws, eager for heirs, press them into childbearing as soon as possible. These girls give birth before their bodies are ready, resulting in high rates of maternal death and injury.”
And for men?
“A population surplus of young men, mainly lower class, develops. These men never marry, have families, or become part of society. The Chinese call them ‘bare branches’ or ‘floaters.’ In China, these men have shorter life expectancies than married men.”
It’s even happening in the United States.
Live Action has posted online two videos about sex-selection abortions in Texas and New York.
See No. 1:
See No. 2″
The Awareness Project reported: “Scholars Valerie Hudson and Andrea den Boer have found that historically, when large-scale female infanticide occurred in Asia, surplus men formed an underclass of drifting, low paid workers with strong proclivities for violence and crime. When work was unavailable, they plundered the land. Predictably, the ‘bare branches’ spent heavily on drinking, gambling, and prostitution. In both China and India, these historic patterns are re-emerging. Outbreaks of crime, violence, and vice, traceable to unassimilated young men, are erupting in regions where sex ratios are most skewed.
“Social turmoil is a constant threat in societies with surplus males. It takes nothing more than an economic contraction to ignite the kindling. Historically in China and India, when famine struck regions with surplus males, the young men organized and rebelled, throwing off their overlords and taking their lands. In China, such uprisings led to the establishment and overthrow of the Ming dynasty. The maverick scholar Gunnar Heinsohn claims that in the Middle East today, a ‘male youth bulge’ fuels Islamic militance.”
Live Action News said the “missing persons would have been wives, daughters, best friends, sister, and mothers.”
CBN reported a few years back that there even were calls from Congress for criminal prosecutions.
“I believe that China ought to be today at the Hague answering crimes against gender, crimes against humanity, for what they have done,” Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., said at the time.
The Gendercide International Resource Center said that two years ago the U.N. General Assembly adopted a resolution, “Taking Action Against Gender-related Killing of Women and Girls.”
It said all states have an obligation “to promote and protect all human rights and fundamental freedoms” and said “discrimination on the basis of sex is contrary to the Charter of the United Nations, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women and other international human rights instruments.”
It continued, “Violence against women and girls is among the least punished crimes in the world.”
Among other recommendations, it wanted nations to “end impunity by ensuring accountability and punishing perpetrators of those heinous crimes against women and girls.”
At All Girls Allowed, a “Gendercide Statistics” page cited a recent survey showing 88 percent of all single Chinese between 35 and 39 were male. In that same age group, 99 percent of females were married.
“Dudley Poston, a professor of Sociology at Texas A&M University, estimates that if China’s sex ratio holds steady there will be a projected 55 million extra males by 2020,” the organization reported.
It said for second children, some regions of China have ratios of 175 boys to 100 girls, and for rare third children, the ratios so as high as 300-100.
“A study concluded that increased sex ratios are correlated with increased bride abduction, trafficking of women, rape and prostitution. Unmarried men between the ages of 24 and 35 are also found to be three times more like to murder than their married counterparts.”
Wrote the Geneva Center about those girls who are born is those communities: “[They] do not receive the same amount of food and medical attention as their brothers, fathers and husbands. Others again fall prey to sexual offenders, to ‘honor killings’ and to acid attacks (most often for refusing a suitor). An estimated 5,000 women are burned to death each year in ‘kitchen accidents’ because their dowry was seen as being too modest. Scores succumb to the special horrors and hardships that conflict, war and post-conflict situations reserve for girls and women.
“Millions are trafficked; some sold like cattle.”
The report said the “number of the ‘missing’ women, killed for gender-related reasons, is of the same order of magnitude as the estimated 191 million human beings who have lost their lives directly or indirectly as a result of all the conflicts and wars of the 20th century – which was, with two world wars and numerous other murderous conflicts, the most violent period in human history so far.”
Littlejohn reports: “Even if China were to completely abandon the one-child policy and all population control now, demographers worry that it might be too little, too late to avert the demographic disaster it has caused.”
Besides of a lack of women, the numbers of young people, in jobs and generating an income, are not keeping up with society’s needs, she said.
The aide includes sometimes a monthly stipend to mothers who are at risk of aborting their baby girls. The campaign also helps the mothers hide from the government to avoid forced abortions.
It also provides assistance when the government punishes dissidents by depriving their children of an education.
Her organization also has created an Internet petition calling for an end to forced abortions.
She’s also prepared a video on the issue: