A few weeks back Chinese officials announced the “abandonment” of their decades-old one-child policy that was to prevent any woman from having a second child.
It involved assembling an army estimated at one million public family planning officials and specific plans to force abortions on women for any pregnancy after their first, imposing massive fines on them, and even preventing those children who avoided the abortionists’ death chamber from getting an education.
Many around the globe, stressed by newly developed threats to humanity from Muslim terrorists, listened to China, breathed a sigh of relief and checked China’s baby limits off their list.
That was premature, says Reggie Littlejohn, the chief of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, which has fought China’s forced abortions for years.
In fact, according to testimony she prepared for a meeting of the Congressional Executive Commission on China on Thursday, she explained that the nation is still running the same death program; it’s just that the penalties kick in after two children, rather than one.
The hearing was held by commission, whose members include Rep. Chris Smith and Sen. Marco Rubio.
“China’s two-child policy continues the same massive crimes against women and children that were committed under the one-child policy,” Littlejohn said bluntly. “A two-child policy will not end forced abortion or forced sterilization.”
She quoted blind Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng, who tweeted on China’s policy change announcement: “This is nothing to be happy about. First the #CCP would kill any baby after one. Now they will kill any baby after two.”
Experts said the change was because China’s foreboding demographics: There are too few young people to support the old.
Littlejohn’s organization has been warning for a long time about China’s future. With a policy of killing so many children, its population is not replacing itself. That means a society where elderly rely on the younger generation for support during their senior years is running full-speed into a brick wall – where there will not be enough young people to support seniors.
Littlejohn said China’s change from a limit of one to two children is an admission its population control plan has failed.
“The adjustment is a tacit admission that continuation of the one-child police will eald to economic and demographic disaster. … It is ironic that through this very policy, China has written its own economic death sentence.”
In fact, she told the commission, China’s Communist Party has “gone out of its way to emphasize that family planning restrictions will remain in force.”
That includes forced abortion, forced sterilization, forced contraception.
Thus, the new name, but same old death.
Wang Peian, the vice-minister of the National Health and Family Planning Commission, which commands an estimated one million bureaucrats, said his nation “would not abandon its family planning restrictions.”
“It appears,” Littlejohn said in her remarks, “that China plans to maintain its iron grip over the wombs of women. The Chinese Communist Party will continue to intrude into the bedrooms and between the sheets of the families in China, requiring an arduous process to obtain a ‘birth permit,’ a system of paid informants, and ultrasound checks to make sure that a woman’s IUD is still in place.”
Because China’s society relies so heavily on male offspring, the “gendercide” that has had abortionists target female children and means an estimated 37 million Chinese men likely will never find a wife, will continue, she warned.
Littlejohn said the U.S. government needs to urge the Chinese government to abolish “all forms of coercive population control” and offer incentives for couples to have girls. It also should assure couples with daughters of old-age pensions for support.
And she said the Chinese government should stop withholding education from those children who fall outside the government’s approved birth program.
Further, she said, Congress should have minimums for corporate social responsibility so U.S. companies do not allow coercive population control measures against their employees, and it should defund the United Nations family planning bureaucracy, the UNFPA.
“Sending out the message that China has ‘abandoned’ its one-child policy is detrimental to sincere efforts to stop forced abortion and gendercide in China, because this message implies that the one-child policy is no longer a problem,” Littlejohn told the commission. “In a world laden with compassion fatigue, people are relieved to cross China’s one-child policy off of their list of things to worry about.
“But we must not do that. Let us not abandon the women of China, who continue to face forced abortion, and the baby girls of China, who continue to face sex-selective abortion and abandonment under the new two-child policy.
“The one-child policy does not need to be modified. It needs to be abolished,” she said.
China’s recent announcement was trumpeted by some of the world’s biggest media outlets, including the Daily Mail of London.
There, the headline read, “China announces the end of its controversial one-child policy after growing fears over aging population.”
The report cited a communique from the ruling Communist Party.
The Daily Mail said there have been “growing concerns” because the population of China is aging and not replacing itself.
The birth limit was enacted nearly four decades ago.
Two years ago, China’s communists leaders admitted there were problems with the policy and said some families would be allowed two children.
Littlejohn’s group runs the Save a Girl Campaign, which sends a fieldworker to “appear at the door of a woman who is pregnant or who has just given birth, and is being pressured to abort or abandon her daughter, just because she is a girl.”
“We extend encouragement and practical help, offering a monthly stipend for a year to empower women to keep their daughters. We have saved almost 200 girls and are ending gendercide, one baby girl at a time.”
WND reported recently when President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping were back-patting each other at a joint appearance at the White House.
Xi, in comments that were translated, said at the White House that China and the United States have made “important progress” in their relationship.
“To grow our relationship under the new conditions, we must adapt to the changing times and to seize the positive momentum. I come to the United States this time to promote peace and advance cooperation,” he said.
Obama, likewise, was effusive.
“The United States is enriched by millions of proud Chinese Americans, including those who join us here this morning. So this visit reflects a history of friendship and cooperation between our two great peoples.”
A short time earlier, Women’s Rights Without Frontiers took a complaint about China’s “forced abortions, sexual slavery and gendercide” to the United Nations.
WND also reported the most recent Trafficking in Persons report from the U.S. blamed the problem partly on China’s failure to drop the practice of forced abortions.
“The Chinese government’s birth limitation policy and a cultural preference for sons create a skewed sex ratio of 117 boys to 100 girls in China, which may serve to increase the demand for prostitution and for foreign women as brides for Chinese men – both of which may be procured by force or coercion,” the government says.
The report released by Secretary of State John Kerry continues, “Women and girls are recruited through marriage brokers and transported to China, where some are subjected to forced prostitution or forced labor.”
The overall report highlights many of the circumstances workers may face with seeking employment, when traveling, moving or making other changes in their lives. It also discusses the steps governments and businesses can take to prevent trafficking.
Kerry’s statement said the problem remains real. And large.
“The bottom line is that this is no time for complacency. Right now, across the globe, victims of human trafficking are daring to imagine the possibility of escape, the chance for a life without fear, and the opportunity to earn a living wage,” he said.
Littlejohn said only a year ago there was a United Nations report released on the annual World Day against Trafficking in Persons and the statement virtually ignored the Chinese practice of forcing abortions on women who already have a child.
At that time, the statement said, “To prevent trafficking, we must address its root causes and the factors that increase individual’s vulnerability to trafficking, including poverty, unemployment, poor access to education and continued gender inequality.”
“Glaringly absent from this list of the ‘root causes’ of human trafficking is China’s one-child policy. Gendercide under the one-child policy has created a gender imbalance in which there are 37 to 40 million more men living in China than women. The one child policy is the driving force behind human trafficking and sexual slavery within China and throughout Asia and beyond,” she said.
Her video on the issue: