The “rubber stamp” legislature in China has approved the government’s new two-child policy, under discussion for several months already, and starting Friday, couples are being allowed a second child.
However, a pro-life activist says that in no way halts the terror and violence of the government controls over the number of children in a family.
And the media need to learn that, says Reggie Littlejohn, president of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers.
She noted that one major media outlet suggested the change from a one-child policy to a two-child policy “effectively dismantles the remnants of the country’s infamous one-child policy that has been eased in recent years.”
“Under no circumstances does the move to a two-child policy ‘effectively dismantle the infamous one child policy.’ Blind activist Chen Guangcheng stated the problem succinctly when he 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,’” she said.
“Characterizing this latest modification as ‘dismantling’ the one-child policy is wholly inaccurate,” continued Littlejohn. “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. Nor will it ‘dismantle’ the extensive infrastructure of coercion necessary to implement population control in China.”
She continued, “Indeed, earlier this month I testified before Congress at a hearing entitled, ‘China’s New Two-Child Policy & the Continuation of Massive Crimes Against Women and Children.’ Also testifying was a woman who fled to the U.S. to avoid a having to pay an impossible fine or face forced abortion, because she had gotten pregnant without a birth permit. She is currently in hiding in the United States to have her baby safely.”
Littlejohn says the policy change in no way is a response to human rights; it’s all about demographics.
It actually is a tacit admission “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,” Littlejohn said.
While the change in policy from the Chinese Communist Party says families now will be allowed two children, there is nothing that promises to end “forced abortion, forced sterilization, or forced contraception.”
The problem with the policy, she explained, is that the CCP is telling women how many children they can have and then enforcing those decisions through forced abortion and forced sterilization.
Littlejohn reported, “Further, 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.”
“Sending out the message that China has ‘dismantled’ 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,” Littlejohn said.
The hearing was held by the Congressional Executive Commission on China, whose members include Rep. Chris Smith and Sen. Marco Rubio.
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.
But in fact, China’s 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 to Congress, “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.”
The birth limit was enacted nearly four decades ago. But about 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.”