Were there to be no support in the whole history of ethical and moral thought, were there no acknowledged confirmation from medical science, were the history of legal opinion to the contrary, we would still have to conclude on the basis of God's Holy Word that the unborn child is a person in the sight of God. He is protected by the sanctity of life graciously given to each individual by the Creator, Who alone places His image upon man and grants them any right to life which they have.
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
PRESS RELEASE -- China: A Two Child Policy Will Not Stop Forced Abortion or Gendercide
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- China: A
Two-Child Policy Will Not Stop Forced Abortion or Gendercide
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has
recently stated that China is considering a further reform of the hated One
Child Policy, giving rise – yet again -- to news reports with titles such as, “Is
China Going to Abandon the One Child Policy?” My answer to that question is emphatic: No.
The Chinese government sees the
two-fold demographic disaster caused by the One Child Policy. First, the policy has caused a
dangerously skewed gender imbalance in which there are 37 million more men
living in China today than women.
Second, China does not have enough young people to support its quickly
aging population. In addition, the
recent tweak to let couples have a second child where either parent is an only
child did not produce the number of new babies expected by the Chinese
Communist Party. They seek to
revise the policy for demographic reasons alone. Noticeably absent from the Chinese Communist party’s announcement is any
mention of human rights. There has been no official mention of human rights abuses such
as forced abortion and sterilization as reasons for “reforming” the Policy.
In my opinion, the Chinese Communist
Party will likely announce that within the next several years, all couples will
be allowed a second child. Instituting a two-child
policy, however, will not end forced abortion or forced sterilization. The
problem with the one-child policy is not the number of children “allowed.”
Rather, it is the fact that the CCP is telling women how many children they can
have and then enforcing that limit through forced abortion and forced
sterilization. Even if all couples were allowed two children, there is no
guarantee that the CCP will cease their appalling methods of enforcement. Regardless
of the number of children allowed, women who get pregnant without permission
will still be dragged out of their homes, strapped down to tables, and forced
to abort babies that they want, even up to the ninth month of pregnancy.
Pro-choice and pro-life advocates can agree: No one should support forced
abortion, because it is not a choice. Forced abortion is official government rape.
instituting a two-child policy will not end gendercide. Indeed, areas in which
two children currently are allowed are especially vulnerable to gendercide, the
sex-selective abortion of females. According to the 2009 British Medical
Journal study of data from the 2005 national census, in nine provinces, for
“second order births” where the first child is a girl, 160 boys were born for
every 100 girls. In two provinces, Jiangsu and Anhui, for the second child,
there were 190 boys for every hundred girls born. This study stated, “sex
selective abortion accounts for almost all the excess males.”
The One Child Policy does not need to
be reformed. It needs to be
abolished. Women’s Rights Without
Frontiers demands that the Chinese government cease to interfere with each
family’s decision on how many children they will have. We demand an end to government
sponsored forced abortion, forced sterilization and forced contraception. The entire, vast network of Family
Planning Police must be dismissed.
The women of the world will be free
only when the women of China are free.