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China thanks Planned Parenthood for supporting China’s “family planning” policies, AFTER China forces abortions on women

Posted in China, China One Child Policy, forced abortion, IPPF, Planned Parenthood and China with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 27, 2012 by saynsumthn

On the night of June 6, 2012, Women’s Rights Without Frontiers received an emergency email about a Chinese woman in danger of forced abortion.

At least a dozen family planning officials broke into the home of Cao Ruyi, five months pregnant with her second child, and dragged her to the hospital for a forced abortion.

On June 3, 2012, Feng Jianmei, was beaten and dragged into a vehicle by a group of Family Planning Officials while her husband, Deng Jiyuan, was out working. The officials asked for RMB 40,000 in fines from Feng Jianmei’s family. When they did not receive the money, they forcibly aborted Feng at seven months, laying the body of her aborted baby next to her in the bed.

Just a few weeks ago, blind legal activist Chen Guangcheng, China’s highest-profile opponent of forced abortions carried under the country’s one-child policy, made global headlines with his daring escape from home confinement and six-day stay in the U.S. Embassy.

Amidst all this publicity on the horrific way China treats women and forces abortions, we see IPPF , International Planned Parenthood cozy with the family planning arm of China.

According to the National Population and Family Planning Commission of PR China, Vice Minister Chen Li met with Mr. Tewodro Melesse, Director-General of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) on June 18, 2012, while he was attending the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development.

China’s Vice Minister Chen Li firstly thanked IPPF for its long term support and assistance to China’s family planning program, and hoped that the two sides would strengthen and deepen cooperation in the field of reproductive health/family planning. The Vice Minister briefed the Director-General on China’s principles and progresses made in population and sustainable development, and said that the Chinese Government insisted on making the development of human beings as the ultimate goal for development, and putting great emphasis on the mutual influencing and inter-linked connections between population, sustainable utilization of resources, environmental protection and sustainable development. He said that the population program of China had not only made important contributions to the stabilization of China’s population but also that of the world.

International Planned Parenthood’s Director: Mr. Tewodro Melesse expressed appreciation for the fruitful cooperation between IPPF and China in the past over 30 years and said that IPPF would conduct a range of activities in 2012 to mark the 60th anniversary of IPPF. He hoped that China would take an in-depth part in relative activities and provide support to IPPF as it always did.

Here the IPPF director claims that Planned Parenthood will DEFEND HUMAN RIGHTS…………………WE’RE WAITING !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

That was not the first time the IPPF director met with China’s Family Planning teams….On the afternoon of July 13, 2011, Dr. Zhao Baige, Vice Minister of National Population and Family Planing Commission of China (NPFPC) met with Dr. Tewodros Melesse, Director General Elect, IPPF in Beijing.

Vice Minister Zhao Baige expressed her congratulations to Dr. Tewodros Melesse and her sincere gratitude to IPPF for its consistent support and assistance for years to China’s population and family planning program. She said, Dr. Tewodros Melesse was our old friend.

In 2009 Gill Greer, director-general of the London-based International Planned Parenthood Federation, told Xinhua that the family planning policy has contributed a great deal to China’s remarkable economic and social achievements over the past 30 years.

By adopting the population control policy, Greer said, China has reduced its population growth rate and alleviated problems from overpopulation.

“Thus, the policy is very conducive to China’s development in various aspects such as economy, education and health care services..China won’t have achieved so much in the country’s development if it did not pursue its population control policy,” she said.

In a chilling op-ed, Norman Fleishman, the former vice president of Planned Parenthood World Population, recently called for enactment of the Obama contraceptive mandate, saying that it “along with China’s ‘one child policy’ is a start” at avoiding a world “doomed to strangle among coils of pitiless exponential growth.”

Fleishman is a signer of the Humanist Manifesto II (1973), the reaffirmation of the credo that Planned Parenthood’s founders and funders professed. Planned Parenthood’s roots are plunged deep into the poisonous ground of secular humanism.

Planned Parenthood supporter, Obama Vice President Joe Biden, failed to condemn the forced abortion policies of China – seen here in this 2011 speech:

According to a report in CNS News, IPPF’s China affiliate is the China Family Planning Association (CFPA), which has been an IPPF member since 1983 and itself also receives funding from the UNFPA. According to the IPPF Web site, the CFPA “supports the present family planning policy of the government, which is appropriate for the present national situation.”

When the CFPA was established on May 30, 1980, a brief Xinhua news agency report stated that “the association will implement government population-control policies – the encouragement of one-child families and the gradual reduction of the population growth rate.”

Internationally, one of IPPF’s five “priority focus areas” (the five As) is abortion – “advocating for the right to safe abortion services and providing them to the fullest extent permitted by law.” (The other four are adolescents, AIDS, access – to services and information – and advocacy.)

Why Does NOW Support China’s Forced Abortion Policy?

Posted in China, China One Child Policy, forced abortion, NOW with tags , , , , , on June 18, 2012 by saynsumthn

reprinting after news of more forced abortions in China
China: Woman Forcibly Aborted at Seven Months

Published February 05, 2002

When Congress appropriated $34 million for the United Nations Population Fund, the organization that provides family planning services, such as birth control and abortion, to developing nations.

Among these nations is China, a nation whose “family plan” is a one-couple, one-child policy that coerces women to abort pregnancies that are not state sanctioned. The horror stories of women being subjected to forced abortions and involuntary sterilization under communist China are too numerous to be dismissed.

That may be why President Bush is contemplating exercising his presidential prerogative, under the Kemp-Kasten Amendment, to block foreign funding that supports coerced abortion or involuntary sterilization. The amendment gives the president the sole discretion to stop such funding, and both President Reagan and the first President Bush used the amendment to block monies to the UNFPA due to its involvement with China.

But the president’s actions have sparked an outcry from the National Organization for Women and many feminist voices, which want America to support the UNFPA. But this position ignores the plight of Chinese women and funnels American tax dollars into supporting China’s policy. On this matter, NOW has ceased to be pro-choice: It has become de facto pro-abortion.

And after years of applauding President Clinton for opening the money spigot to UNFPA on the grounds that the organization was not directly involved in forced abortions, NOW is crying “foul!”

Yet the actual foul may have occurred in Congress when it approved the funding of family policies in China. It cannot claim to have acted out of ignorance. U.S. Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., held a well-publicized press conference to highlight the brutality of Chinese family policy.

Last year, witnesses from China told the U.S. Senate Committee on Human Rights about the brutal and unsanitary coerced abortions in China and how pregnant women fled into hiding.
“Once I found a woman who was nine-months pregnant, but did not have a birth-allowed certificate. According to the policy, she was forced to undergo an abortion surgery,” Gao Xiaoduan, former family planning officer with the Chinese government, testified in tears before the U.S. House of Representatives. The baby was born alive, its lips sucking, its limbs stretching, Xiaoduan said. “A physician injected poison into its skull, and the child died, and it was thrown into the trash can.”

News stories of one-child atrocities abound. For example, a recent account in the Telegraph reported on Huaiji county — an area targeted for more than 20,000 abortions and sterilizations. “Medical” personnel with portable ultrasound equipment are expected to travel through the region, testing women, and forcing abortions on those with “unofficial” pregnancies.

Organizations like the D.C.-based think tank, Cato Institute, have spoken out consistently in protest. Cato includes the one-child policy on a short list of the greatest genocides of the 20th century.

So, USFPA funding passed Congress not due to ignorance of the facts but probably due to political pressure. In the forefront of support for the bill were so-called pro-choice congresswomen like Reps. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., Cynthia McKinney, D-Ga., and Connie Morella, R-Md. “Feminist” organizations like NOW and the Feminist Majority lobbied hard to preserve this Clinton legacy.

The “pro-choice” voices were so determined that they seemed willing to ignore the systematic brutalization of women. After all, the UNFPA has long exported a liberal, NOW-styled reproductive agenda to the Third World.

How do “pro-choice” advocates justify supporting a forced abortion policy? They tend to make one of three arguments.

First, they deny China forces women to abort. During her keynote speech at the 1990 NOW National Convention, then-President Molly Yard boldly claimed that the Chinese government only encouraged women to abort extra children, using education not force. (The policy had been implemented in the early ’80s.)

Second, NOW states that forced abortions are not performed in regions where the UNFPA operates and the agency has no direct involvement. The actual charge against the UNFPA is complicity, however, not direct participation. For example, if the UNFPA buys the ultrasound equipment for Huaiji county, it would be supporting forced abortions without performing them. Moreover, it is difficult to believe assurances that the UNFPA will operate only in regions where abortions are voluntary: The one-child policy recently became national law, which will be implemented this September.

It is not clear how NOW regards the stories from brutalized Chinese women. NOW’s Web site and its other information sources seem strangely silent on this matter. There are extensive discussions of atrocities against women, such as the Taliban’s treatment of women, but discussion of China seems to focus on the role of the UNFPA. For example, a December 2001 NOW Legislative Update speaks of “the mistaken impression that UNFPA performs abortions in China.” It skips over the anguish of Chinese women and the fact that the one-child policy is an inherent denial of reproductive freedom.

The third argument for UNFPA funding involves a prime mission of the agency — to “stabilize” world population. Thus, in an infamous 1989 appearance on the Oprah Winfrey Show, Molly Yard described the one-child policy as “among the most intelligent in the world …” Pro-abortion zealots seem to support not only the UNFPA funding but also the one-child policy itself. In doing so, they are betraying both women and reproductive “choice.” If this is not the case, then now is the time for them to speak out clearly. Unless NOW campaigns as vigorously against China’s one-child policy as it did against the Taliban’s treatment of women, it should abandon the rhetoric of reproductive “freedom.”

In a Dec. 12 speech to the National Press Club, NOW President Kim Gandy pleaded passionately to preserve reproductive choice for her daughters. Why do Chinese daughters deserve less?

Wendy McElroy is the editor of She is the author and editor of many books and articles, including the forthcoming anthology Liberty for Women: Freedom and Feminism in the 21st Century (Ivan R. Dee/Independent Institute, 2002). She lives with her husband in Canada.

Will NOW, NARAL, Planned Parenthood or Obama support this rally? China’s One-Child Policy protest Sept 25th

Posted in Abortion, China One Child Policy, Feticide, forced abortion, gendercide, Violence against women with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 21, 2011 by saynsumthn

31st Anniversary of One-Child Policy Sparks U.S. Protests, Vigils Led By Tiananmen Square Commander-In-Chief

WASHINGTON, Sept. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — ***Sept. 25: Anniversary of China’s One-Child Policy***
Sept. 22 – Oct. 4: Chai Ling–Revolutionary, Nobel Prize Nominee, Harvard MBA–Leads Nationwide Remembrances, Testifies Before Congress and Releases Memoir Banned in China

“Chai Ling is one of the most courageous women I know … . from her early days as a self-possessed student thrust suddenly onto the worldwide stage to her current role as a fierce defender of women and girls.” — Cindi Leive, editor-in-chief, Glamour magazine

“Sept. 25, 2011 marks the continuation of China’s ‘gendercide‘ ‘war on girls,’ ” said Chai Ling, the woman who, at age 23, was the commander-in-chief of the 1989 Tiananmen Square student rebellion. On this 31st anniversary, Ling–now a U.S. citizen exiled from China–continues her fight against China’s human rights atrocities by leading a U.S. protest and nationwide campaign against the One-Child Policy.

Ling and two other witnesses will testify Sept. 22 for the Congressional Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health and Human Rights to share stories of coerced abortions at the hands of the Chinese government, some 37,000 per day according to China’s National Family Planning Commission.

While in Washington, Ling will participate at a Sept. 23 rally, “37 Seconds of Silence,” part of a nationwide vigil organized by her advocacy group All Girls Allowed. Sept. 22- 25, more than 200 universities and churches nationwide–including Harvard, Northeastern and Notre Dame–will host 37-second vigils of silence to honor the 37 million girls* missing, through infanticide, abortion or abandonment, due to the Chinese law.

“It is this generation’s responsibility to speak up, and students are beginning to see that,” said Ling. “The good news is, with this kind of momentum, we believe that we can end ‘gendercide’ in our lifetime.”

A victim of China’s One-Child Policy, Ling only recently gained enough closure to share her full story in A Heart for Freedom, which reveals the truth behind her role in the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre, her status as one of the most-wanted women in China, her own experience with government-forced abortion, and how she escaped to America. Banned from the very country she has long fought to save, Ling’s human rights work has resulted in two nominations for a Nobel Peace Prize and recognition by Glamour magazine as “Woman of the Year.”

Sept. 22: Open Congressional Hearing in Washington, 2:00 p.m. Rayburn House Office Building, room 220
Sept. 23: Ling at “37 Seconds of Silence” Vigil, George Washington University,
Can facilitate interview with participating student, Elliot School of International Affairs, room 505
Sept. 22-25: Some 200 “37 Second of Silence” nationwide vigils remembering 37 million missing girls in China
Sept. 22-24 Interview Opportunity: Ling available for interview in Washington
Oct. 4 Memoir Release in U.S. – Banned in China: A Heart for Freedom (Tyndale, Oct. 2011)
Oct. 4-5 Interview Opportunity: Ling available for interview in New York

China’s One-Child Policy
The One-Child Policy, which limits Chinese families to having just one child, was established in 1980 as a response to an exploding Chinese population. Due to the Chinese preference for male children, sex-selective abortions, female infanticide and the abandonment of female children has become an integral part of Chinese culture over the last 31 years.

Groups wishing to hold a moment of silence ceremony can register at the All Girls Allowed website. A map of vigil locations is available.

Chai Ling is the founder of All Girls Allowed and founding president and chief operating officer of Jenzabar, Inc., a leading higher education software and services provider. She holds a M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, a M.L.A. in public affairs at Princeton University and a B.A. from Beijing University. Ling also established the Jenzabar Foundation, which supports inspirational humanitarian efforts of student leaders through grant opportunities. A key student leader herself in the 1989 Tiananmen Square movement, Ling was subsequently named Glamour Woman of the Year and nominated twice for the Nobel Peace Prize. Ling is author of the new book A Heart for Freedom. The hardcover memoir will release on Oct. 4, available nationwide.

All Girls Allowed aims to end gender discrimination in China through eradicating “gendercide” and assisting families who have baby girls, providing education and scholarships to abandoned girls, rescuing children from human trafficking and providing legal advocacy to mothers who have been victims of forced abortions or sterilization.
*Source: All Girls Allowed

September 22, Reggie Littlejohn will testify before Congress

Liu Dan was 21 years old and 9 months pregnant when family planning police grabbed her out of her home, dragged her to the local family planning office, and forcibly aborted her full term baby. They already knew from medical tests that she had high blood pressure and that a forced late term abortion would be dangerous for her. After the forced abortion, she lay alone and unconscious in an operating room in the family planning center. Sensing something was wrong, her fiancé burst into the room at 3:00 a.m. to find her bleeding from the eyes, nose, ears and mouth. Even so, the family planning police refused to call for emergency help, until her family insisted. Help arrived too late. Liu Dan died, along with her full term baby.

“The One Child Policy causes more violence against women and girls than any other official policy on earth. It is China’s war on women,” says Reggie Littlejohn, President of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers. “Any discussion of women’s rights, or human rights, would be a charade if forced abortion in China is not front and center. It does not matter whether you are pro-life or pro-choice on this issue. No one supports forced abortion, because it is not a choice. The Chinese forced abortion policy is systematic, institutionalized violence against women.”

Ms. Littlejohn will be among those testifying for the Committee on Foreign Affairs Congressional Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health and Human Rights, on September 22 at 2:00 in Room 2200 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

In addition, she will testify regarding blind activist lawyer Chen Guangcheng, who exposed the fact that there were 130,000 forced abortions and involuntary sterilizations in Linyi County in 2005. The Chinese Communist Party imprisoned Chen for four years and has kept him and his family under strict house arrest since September, 2010. On February 9, 2011 Chen released a video describing the deplorable conditions of his house arrest. The next morning, Chen and his wife, Yuan Weijing, were “beaten senseless.” Chen’s family recently was moved to a “personal prison” build for them.

“This treatment of Chen is unconscionable. It shows the appalling lengths to which the CCP will go to silence a hero who has spoken up against forced abortion in China.”

Asian Spring? Will the Obama Admin side with Chinese Dissenters like he did the Arabs ?

Posted in China One Child Policy, Obama with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on August 24, 2011 by saynsumthn

Well…I doubt it?

From the Huffington Post:

BEIJING — A Communist Party leader has told China’s Internet companies to tighten control over material online as Beijing cracks down on dissent and tries to block the rise of Middle East-style protests.

The party secretary for Beijing, Liu Qi, issued the warning following a visit this week to Sina Corp., which operates a popular microblogging site, according to the party-published newspaper Beijing Daily.

Internet companies should “strengthen management and firmly prevent the spread of fake and harmful information,” Liu was quoted as saying after the visit Monday to Sina. He said companies should “resist fake and negative information.”

Communist authorities encourage Internet use for education and business but are uneasy about its potential to spread dissent, especially after social networking and other websites played a key role in protests that brought down governments in Egypt and Tunisia.

Beijing is in the midst of one of its most sweeping crackdowns on dissent in years and has detained or questioned hundreds of activists, lawyers and others.

The government tries to block access to foreign websites deemed subversive and Chinese operators of websites where the public can post comments are required to watch the material and remove any that violates censorship rules.

The government’s censorship rules prompted Google Inc. to close its China search engine last year. Mainland users can see Google’s Chinese-language search site in Hong Kong but access is slower and the company’s China market share has shrunk.


Pro-Life Leader Chris Smith: Biden Sold Out Chinese Women
Congressman Chris Smith, the head of the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus and chairman of the Executive-Congressional Commission on China, today criticized Vice President Joe Biden for his comments essentially supporting the one-child policy in China.

“China’s one-child policy is cruel and barbaric,” Smith said. “The Nuremberg trials properly prosecuted forced abortion as a crime against humanity. We don’t second guess. It’s hideous. Pregnant women without birth permits are hunted down. There are no single moms in China. It is illegal to have brothers or sisters. Picture all the people who have brothers and sisters—all the people you know who have brothers and sisters would be breaking the law in China.”

Smith noted that shortly after becoming U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton stated clearly that she was not going to allow human rights to ‘interfere’ with economic issues with China, a clear sign the Obama Administration was downgrading human rights as a priority.

“Obama didn’t say a word about any of the human rights crimes of Chinese President Hu Jintao when he visited Washington earlier this year; instead he hosted a state dinner for him.”

Smith, a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee who chairs its subcommittee on human rights, said as far back as 1984 Congress took away funding that provided U.S. financial support for the one Child Policy.

“The Vice President said he ‘fully understood’ the one child policy, and therefore he’s not ‘second guessing.’ The one child per couple policy is cruel, inhumane and the most egregious systematic attack on women ever. For the Vice President to publically state that he fully understands the one child policy is unconscionable. He and all of us should be defending the women of China from this state-sponsored cruelty of forced abortion and forced sterilization, not supporting and enabling it. Chinese women need advocates, not enablers. This Administration has long enabled this cruel policy by its silence and financial support for organizations like UNFPA that support the Chinese government’s brutal program. Tragically, it now offers its public support, as well.”

Smith earlier this year asked Clinton at a congressional hearing if she knew if forced abortions were brought up at meetings between Obama and Hu, to which she replied she did not know.

“Now we know,” Smith said. “They sold out. They’re just fine with the coercion.”

Smith recounted the recent congressional testimony of Chai Ling one of the Tiananmen Square democracy activists in 1989. Today she is Founder and President of All Girls Allowed, a group dedicated to ending the slaughter of innocent unborn babies in China that disproportionately impacts far more girls than boys.

“At a congressional press conference in June, Chai Ling pointed out that tens of millions of men will never marry in China due to the effects of gendercide, and that already there are some 37 million more males than females,” Smith said. “She then said sadly that the three most dangerous words—often a death sentence in China today are, ‘It’s a girl.’
“Since 1979, brothers and sisters have been illegal in most of China,” Smith said. “If a woman is caught pregnant without explicit government authorization to give birth, she is forced to abort. Unwed mothers are all compelled to abort. Handicapped unborn children, if discovered, are killed by the state. Ruinous fines—up to ten times the combined salary of both parents—jail, torture, property confiscation, loss of employment, education opportunities, housing and health care are all weapons aggressively used by the family planning cadres to ensure compliance. No wonder over 500 Chinese women commit suicide each day in China.”

In his statement, Biden talked about the other set of concerns about the one-child policy — demographic — in that China will increasingly have similar problems to the United States in terms of paying for entitlements to the growing number of people retiring who will need government support to make ends meet and a smaller population of younger workers able to take care of those obligations.

“But as I was talking to some of your leaders, you share a similar concern here in China. You have no safety net,” Biden said in the prepared remarks. “Your policy has been one which I fully understand — I’m not second-guessing — of one child per family. The result being that you’re in a position where one wage earner will be taking care of four retired people. Not sustainable.”

“So hopefully we can act in a way on a problem that’s much less severe than yours, and maybe we can learn together from how we can do that,” he continued.
Although he highlighted the demographic concerns, his statement that the United States is “not second-guessing” the forced-abortion, one-child policy and his essentially ignoring the forced abortions, sterilizations and other human rights abuses that accompany it, will surely upset pro-life advocates who have campaigned extensively against the one-child policy and supported the victims of it.

As Smith noted, the speech represents a second missed opportunity for the Obama administration to present a clear position against the policy that is one of the most egregious global human rights abuses in modern times.

Biden’s comments follow a visit earlier this year from China President Hu Jintao, where President Barack Obama apparently failed to ask the foreign leader about the problem of forced abortions on Chinese women. Ask during a U.S. House hearing, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton couldn’t say whether Obama brought up the massive human rights abuse millions of Chinese women endure if they break the country’s one-child family planning rules.

Video of Chinese activist who opposes China’s Forced Abortion policy emerges despite house arrest

Posted in Abortion, China One Child Policy, forced abortion, NOW with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 10, 2011 by saynsumthn

UPDATE: Blind Chinese pro-life activist ‘beaten senseless’ over release of secret video: human rights group
by John Jalsevac
Thu Feb 10, 2011 17:31 EST

Chen Guangcheng
February 10, 2011 ( – New information indicates that blind Chinese pro-life activist Chen Guangcheng and his wife were “beaten senseless” by agents of the Chinese government just before the release of a secret video this week, says the human rights organization the Chinese Human Rights Defenders (CHRD).

CHRD says it learned of the beating from an anonymous source. The group says that Chen and his wife were beaten on Tuesday, after officials learned about the video, in which Chen and his wife speak of the ongoing persecution against them by the communist Chinese regime.

The beating was so severe that they are unable to get out of bed, and reportedly will not be permitted to go to the hospital. They have not been allowed to leave their house since Chen was released from prison last September, after serving a four-year sentence.

Chen is China’s foremost opponent of the brutal one-child policy, which involves the routine use of forced abortion and sterilization.
According to another human rights group, ChinaAid, the video, which was shot at Chen’s house and released to the public on Wednesday, was smuggled out of China by a disgruntled government employee.

In it Chen and his wife describe the 24/7 surveillance that their house has been put under, as well as the ongoing intimidation tactics used by government agents.
Being beaten is nothing new for Chen and his wife. When Chen was released from prison in September he was reportedly in extremely poor health, due in large part to the beatings he received in prison.

During Chen’s imprisonment his wife, Yuan Weijing, was also subjected to occasional beatings.

Video of blind activist surfaces in China
By Robert Saiget (AFP) – 9 hours ago
BEIJING — A blind Chinese activist under house arrest since his release from prison in September has appeared in a video accusing the authorities of using “hooligan methods” to silence rights campaigners.

Chen Guangcheng, who gained worldwide fame for exposing abuses in China’s “one-child” population policy, has not been heard from since he was freed five months ago after serving a four-year sentence.

He was jailed in 2006 after accusing family planning officials in the eastern province of Shandong of forcing women to have late-term abortions or be sterilised.
The hour-long video, obtained Wednesday by the US-based rights group China Aid from a person it said was a “reliable government source who is sympathetic to Chen?s cause”, contains Chen’s first public comments since his release.

“The conservative forces of the Communist Party have reached their worst point in openly ignoring the constitution and laws to crack down on villagers and activities aimed at defending rights,” Chen said.

“They are using hooligan methods to provoke and make trouble (for us) — they say we will beat you and beat you and the judicial departments will ignore it,” added Chen, who was wearing dark glasses and a black jacket in the video.

Chen said three teams, each comprising 22 people, monitor his home 24 hours a day, following orders from the Communist Party and the secretive state security ministry. His mobile phone service has been cut off.

“I have come out of a small jail and gone into a bigger jail,” he said.

Police also intimidate Chen’s neighbours, calling him a “traitor” and a “counter-revolutionary,” he said.

“Chen Guangcheng has been released, this is correct, but he can be put back (into prison) at anytime,” Chen quoted police as saying.
“This is one party rule, it is very simple — if we say you are guilty, you are guilty.”

During the video, Chen’s wife and child also call for the end of his house arrest, which they say is illegal.

Some of the footage shows a security agent peering over dried corn stalks into the windows of Chen’s village home as part of their monitoring.

Chen, who is in his late 30s, remains unrepentant, vowing in the video to continue his fight to improve China’s human rights situation.
Local police declined comment when contacted by AFP on Thursday.

Although he has no formal legal qualifications, Chen is what is known in China as a “barefoot” or self-taught lawyer. He has been blind since childhood.
He helped people seek legal redress over a wide variety of injustices, with corrupt officials a particular target.

Chen was convicted of “wilfully harming public property” and “gathering masses to disturb traffic order” — charges that stemmed from a rally by supporters who were angry at police treatment of the activist.

Supporters scuffled with police during the rally outside Chen’s home while he was under house arrest in early 2006. During his house arrest, Chen was allegedly beaten by police.

That same year, Chen was named by Time magazine as one of the world’s 100 most influential people for his courage in exposing the abortion and sterilisation abuses.
He is a past recipient of the Ramon Magsaysay Award, a human rights prize awarded to deserving activists in Asia.

Both the United States and the European Union have repeatedly urged Chinese leaders to end Chen’s house arrest and restore his freedom of movement.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton raised his case in a speech last month ahead of Chinese President Hu Jintao’s state visit to Washington.
China Aid urged the international community to push Beijing to end Chen’s house arrest and expressed its “grave concern over the escalating tendency of the government to adopt mafia practices”.

“We cannot believe that China is serious about the rule of law when Chen Guangcheng… and other rights advocates are jailed, disappeared, or harassed,” China Aid president Bob Fu said.
The video can be seen at YouTube is officially blocked in China, but many people access the video-sharing site via proxy servers.
On the Net:

• China Aid:

***NOTE: In 1989, Molly Yard , then President of the pro-abortion group The National Organization for Women, praised China’s “One Child Policy” in an appearance on the Oprah Winfrey Show, “among the most intelligent in the world …” ****

21st Century Gendercide !

Posted in Abortion, China One Child Policy, forced abortion, Forced Sterilization, Violence against women with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 15, 2010 by saynsumthn

Obama Should Tell Wen to Stop the ‘Gendercide’, Advocates Say
By Matthew Robertson
Epoch Times Staff Created Oct 7, 2010

Congressman Chris Smith at the event outside the Capitol Building on Sept. 24. (Lisa Fan/The Epoch Times)

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Before Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao leaves the U.S., human rights activists say President Obama should bring up a topic that is as important as it is underreported: the systematic destruction of tens of millions of unborn babies, overwhelmingly female.

It began on Sept. 25, 1980, almost 30 years ago to the day. After two years of policy formulation, the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party promulgated its plan to launch a one-size-fits-all approach to reproduction, the coercive family planning scheme known as the one-child policy.

The architects of the policy were actually elite scientists in the military establishment—at that time in China almost all science was military science—who applied theories of cybernetics to disputed sociological theories from the West, redefining China’s population problem along the lines of the hard science of complex machine systems. The result was a radical solution to the perceived “overpopulation” problem, led by one of China’s leading strategic weaponeers, according to the extensive research of Dr. Susan Greenhalgh from the Univeristy of California, Irvine.

The resultant “cruel and inhumane policy” and the brutal way it is implemented are among the worst human rights abuses in the world, according to speakers at an event held on Sept. 24 to commemorate the anniversary of the policy’s initiation. Led by Congressman Chris Smith, supported by Congressman Trent Franks, the speakers gathered near the Capitol Building’s East Front, in the heat, giving their views for close to an hour.

Standing behind the speakers was photographic evidence of the substance of their speeches: dirt villages with red banners strung across telephone poles reading “Crack down with no mercy on unauthorized births, violators who can make an escape for the moment can’t hide forever;” the face of blind activist Chen Guancheng, who was jailed and is now under house arrest for his advocacy on the part of mothers who underwent forced sterilizations; and on the left, the most troubling image, a 23-year-old woman named Li Ping lying on a bed, staring at the remains of her aborted child near her feet.

Reggie Littlejohn, an active opponent of the one child policy and president of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, explained what happened to Ms. Li. Pregnant without a birth permit, she was pulled off the street by an overzealous “population official,” and her child was forcibly aborted. Because she had no money to pay for the disposal of the baby’s dead body, the doctors dropped it into a bag and placed it on her bed.

Ke Chengping, an invited speaker at the event near the Capitol Building, recounted a similar experience firsthand. When found pregnant the decision to abort was taken immediately, for her, by a population official. She was not allowed to call her husband, nor given an anesthetic when the official performed the procedure. “I will never be able to forget that,” she said at the end of her speech, through quiet tears. After the baby was removed from her uterus, the official inserted a sterilization device. When her husband arrived, they both cried.

One of the well-known former leaders of the Tiananmen Square student movement in 1989, Chai Ling, made a speech representing the NGO she recently founed: All Girls Allowed. She likened the one-child policy to death on the scale of the Tiananmen massacre “happening every hour” in China.

Officials adopt a multi-pronged approach to birth control, including, most commonly, fines for recalcitrants (of up to ten times the monthly income), promotions and bonuses for cadres who strictly follow population policies, regular and intrusive fertility checkups of women, the monitoring of reproductive cycles, birth permits, and a culture of fear. Coercion and violence is used when the usual mechanisms of control break down.

Representative Smith spoke about the head of a population control unit from China’s south. In a reversal of the fairytale trope, she was a mother at night and a “monster” during the day (her words), where “all the power of the state was vested in her and her family planning cadres to bring women to the abortion mills.” Resisters could be arrested and detained, and when a woman went into hiding, her husband and family members would face the same treatment.

As with all repression in communist China, this one comes in waves. Rep. Smith gave a chilling description of such a campaign in Puning county, Guangdong Province, where thousands of people were treated as livestock. Local officials there formed a crack team to round up women, men, and relatives of resisters to the policy, holding them in cramped conditions, then working overtime to sterilize them. Ten thousand people were sterilized within 20 days.

Speakers also outlined the calamitous repercussions of the policy: a ratio of between 120 and 160 males for every 100 females, which will leave millions of Chinese males without a partner; a result of this the vertiginous rise in sex trafficking to China; a rate of female suicide in China that outstrips that of men by three times, meaning that 500 women kill themselves every day partly in response to the one-child-policy; and distorted gender ratios among Chinese communities in the U.S., presumed a result of continued sex-selection practices by families once they arrive here.

Near the tail-end of the event distinguished guest speaker David Aikman former bureau-chief of Time in Beijing, arrived. It is a “terrible policy” that is disastrous for Chinese society, he said; it brings “indescribable suffering” to Chinese women.

It is a “system of repression that has been traumatizing Chinese women for thirty years,” Rep. Smith said. “No other government policy anywhere in the world systematically punishes, abuses, and violates women so grossly as this.”

As a practical measure, Rep. Smith suggests the U.S. stop funding the UN Population Fund, which he says has been the “enabler in chief” of forced abortion and forced sterilization in China. He suggests that Obama bring it up with the Chinese Premier before the latter leaves the United States. Obama met Wen yesterday, but did not touch on the issue.

Social Justice on Immigration? Except for forced abortion victims- Board of Immigration again denies asylum

Posted in Abortion, China One Child Policy, forced abortion, Immigration with tags , , , , , , , on July 20, 2010 by saynsumthn

Judge Orders Immigration Board to Reconsider Asylum for Chinese Forced-Abortion Opponent

By James Tillman
July 19, 2010 ( – The Seventh Circuit of the United States Court of Appeals has ordered the Board of Immigration Appeals to review Qiu Ping Li’s request for asylum in the United States because of her resistance to China’s one-child policy – and subsequent punishment by Chinese authorities.

In denying her asylum, Judge Richard Posner said, the Board of Immigration “overlooked the critical facts, and then it unconvincingly denied having overlooked them.”

When she lived in China, Qiu Ping Li had opposed the one-child policy, as did her mother, who had been forcibly sterilized. So when she was told to report for her mandatory pregnancy test at the age of 18, she ignored the notice.

Qiu Ping Li says that five family-planning officers came to her house to find out why she had not arrived: she told them she opposed the one-child policy. They responded by forcibly removing her to the family-planning office, yanking down her pants, and trying to force her to urinate so they could perform a pregnancy test.

The following year Qiu Ping Li was staying with a cousin who was pregnant with a second child. The cousin received a notice telling her to appear at the family-planning office for an examination, but ignored the notice because she did not want to be forced to have an abortion.

When family planning officers came to her house to force her to come to the examination, Qiu Ping Li blocked the entrance while her cousin fled through the bathroom window.

For this, officers kept Qiu Ping Li in a bedless jail cell for three days and served her one meal of porridge a day, which gave her gastritis. Her mother paid 5,000 yuan – about a third of a year’s salary – to bail her out of jail. At that point her family decided it would be best for her to flee to the United States, where she asked for asylum.

The Board of Immigration, however, said she had failed to demonstrate that she was “targeted for harm because she acted in a manner that would constitute ‘resistance’ or opposition to a coercive family control program.”

The judicial review of the Board’s decision, however, says that her “detention, the unhealthy conditions of the detention, and the fine … amounted not just to targeting her for harm, but to hitting the target.”

“Experiences like [Qiu Ping Li’s] are definitely not uncommon,” Colin Mason, of the Population Research Institute (PRI), told (LSN). PRI has conducted several on-the-ground investigations into the situation of forced abortions in China, one of which led the Bush administration to withdraw funding from United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) after PRI discovered that the UN agency was complicit in China’s coercive program.
“Normally,” explained Mason, “the punishment for illegal children is crippling fines and denial of government benefits, which is obviously bad enough. However, if officials feel that an area is becoming too lax, they crack down on the area to show that they ‘mean business.'”

“Either way, forcible measures like the ones described are exceptions to the rule these days, but common enough exceptions.”
Beneath the Obama Administration the United States has begun to again contribute money to UNFPA.

Mason told LSN that the UNFPA “makes the absurd claim that reproductive coercion has been relaxed or even abandoned in these counties.”
“On-the-ground visits, conducted by Steven Mosher and myself, show that this is clearly false.”

“That being the case, we hold that the UNFPA is either grossly incompetent and does not understand what is going on in the counties in which it operates, or it is lying, and thus is complicit in the goings-on of the one-child policy. Either way, they don’t deserve our funding.”

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