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.
Thursday, October 29, 2015
PRESS RELEASE - China's New Two-Child Policy Will Not End Forced Abortion or Gendercide
IMMEDIATE RELEASE: CHINA’S NEW
TWO-CHILD POLICY WILL NOT END FORCED ABORTION OR GENDERCIDE
Agency reported today that China will move to a two-child policy for all
couples, “abandoning its decades-long one-child policy.”
this latest modification as “abandoning” the One-Child Policy is
misleading. A two-child policy
will not end any of the human rights abuses caused by the One Child Policy,
including forced abortion, involuntary sterilization or the sex-selective
abortion of baby girls.
given for this adjustment is entirely demographic: “to balance population
development and address the challenge of an ageing population.” The adjustment is a tacit
acknowledgement that continuation of the one-child policy will lead to economic
and demographic disaster. The policy was originally instituted for economic
reasons. It is ironic that through this very policy, China has written its own
economic death sentence.
absent from the Chinese Communist party’s announcement is any mention of human
rights. Even though it will now allow all couples to have a second child, China
has not promised to end forced abortion, forced sterilization, or forced
the core of the policy. Instituting
a two-child policy will not end forced abortion or forced sterilization.
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. There is no guarantee that the CCP will
cease their appalling methods of enforcement. Women will still have to obtain a government-issued birth
permit, for the first and second child, or they may be subject to forced abortion. It will still be illegal for an
unmarried woman to have a child. 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.
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.” Because of this
gendercide, there are an estimated 37 million Chinese men who will never marry
because their future wives were terminated before they were born. This gender
imbalance is a powerful, driving force behind trafficking in women and sexual
slavery, not only in China, but in neighboring nations as well.
government announcement does not mention the abolition of the household
registration or hukou system, whereby children who are born without birth
permits are denied birth certificates and are not eligible for healthcare or
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. 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 cannot 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.
The one-child policy does not need to be modified. It needs to be abolished.