Two years ago, China trumpeted its decision to abandon its “one-child policy,” which used forced abortion and fines to limit couples to one child under the pretext that the nation had too many people.
But WND reported in mid-2016 when a complaint was filed with the United Nations that the communist regime had simply changed from “one-child” to “two-child” and still was using forced abortion and fines to limit families.
The government raised the limit because it recognized the nation is on a terminal demographic path in which a dwindling number of young workers are supporting an increasingly elderly population.
It was the nonprofit Women’s Rights Without Frontiers that asked the U.N. to intervene.
“Coercion is the core of the policy. Instituting a Two-Child Policy will not end forced abortion or force sterilization,” wrote WRWF chief Reggie Littlejohn in the complaint to the U.N. at the time. “As blind activist Chen Guangcheng succinctly tweeted: ‘This is nothing to be happy about. First the #CCP would kill any baby after one. Now they will kill any baby after two. #ChinaOneChildPolicy.'”
Littlejohn’s organization long has fought China’s practices of forced abortion, insisting that the real “war on women” is forced abortion, which has caused a surge in suicide, breast cancer, an imbalance between men and women, and a young population that is too small to sustain its senior citizens.
Now she is spotlighting the Congressional-Executive Commission on China‘s newly released annual report, which documents that the forced-abortion policies are continuing in China.
The commission, chaired by Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., was created by Congress in October 2000 with the legislative mandate to monitor human rights and the development of the rule of law in China. It is required to submit an annual report to the president and the Congress.
Littlejohn noted “the sex ratio at birth reported by the Chinese government indicates that the selective abortion of baby girls continues under the new policy.”
“When the Chinese communist government announced that they were instituting a Two Child Policy, the news media proclaimed that China had ‘abandoned’ or ‘scrapped’ the One-Child Policy,” she recalled.
But that’s “demonstrably false.”
“Under the Two-Child Policy, single women are still forcibly aborted, as are third children. The 2017 Report from the Congressional-Executive Commission on China sadly confirms my predictions.”
She said the “Population Control” section of the report reveals the existence of “provisions that require couples to be married to have children and limit them to bearing two children.”
Coercive population control remains at the center of the new regulations, she said.
“Officials continue to enforce compliance with population planning targets using methods including heavy fines, job termination, arbitrary detention, and coerced abortion.”
Besides forced abortion, China’s National Health and Family Planning Commission warned that “social compensation fees” for “illegal” pregnancies will remain, including fines for third children in families.
Littlejohn said the fines can be 10 times the average annual income.
Her organization explained the background: “The Two-Child Policy was instituted because the Chinese government saw that it was heading into a dual demographic disaster. First, China has a steeply rising elderly population, coupled with a dwindling labor force unable to support it. According to the government-controlled People’s Daily, by 2050, the elderly population in China will reach 483 million or one-third of China’s total population.
“Second, the selective abortion of girls has continued. According to a National Bureau of Statistics Report cited by the CECC, the sex ratio at birth in 2015 was 113.5 males born for every 100 females born. Such a skewed ratio could only be achieved through sex-selective abortion.”
Consequently, China has up to 37 million more men than women, which is driving sex-trafficking and sex-slavery crimes.
“China’s Two-Child Policy continues the human rights abuses and gender-based violence of the One-Child Policy,” stated Littlejohn. “Even with the Two-Child Policy, China remains firmly on the path to demographic disaster. China’s population problem is not that it has too many people. It’s that it has too few young people and too few women. China is in desperate need of babies. They should be offering incentives for couples to have babies, not forcibly aborting ‘illegal’ pregnancies. Under these circumstances, there is absolutely no excuse to continue any program of coercive population control whatsoever. We call for the immediate, complete abandonment of all coercive population control in China.”
WWWR has set up an online petition on the issue and has created a video about “China’s War on Women.”
A 2015 U.S. State Department report affirmed that China has about 23 million abortions a year, not the 13 million reported earlier.
“The United States population is about 320 million, with about one million abortions per year. The population of China is almost 1.4 billion, with about 23 million abortions per year. Therefore China, with four times the population of the United States, has 23 times the number of abortions,” says a submission to the U.N.
WRWF also operates a “Save a Girl” campaign through which support is directed to mothers of girls facing financial hardship by raising the child.