China Activist Asks Hu and Obama to Condemn One-Child Policy

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 19, 2011   |   1:58PM   |   Washington, DC

With President Hu Jintao of China in Washington this week for meetings with President Barack Obama at the White House, a two-time Nobel Prize nominee is calling for prayer to highlight the plight of girls victimized by abortion.

Chai Ling and her team at All Girls Allowed are seeking prayerful support from Americans upset by the one-child policy in China that has claimed the lives of girls in sex-selection abortion. She hopes Americans can convey their opposition to Hu as he is in the United States.

Calling the abortions the “largest crime in history against the weakest of society,” Chai said she is hoping both presidents will get the message that abortion in China is a crime against women, and the evidence for the abortions and infanticides targeting girls is found in the lopsided gender ratio.

“In China, there are at least 37 million more men than women, and that gap is growing each year. The Chinese government reports that 120 boys are born for every 100 girls, resulting in 1.1 million more boys than girls being born each year,” she said. “The reason? Selective abortion of girls, abandonment of girls and trafficking of girls. This gendercide is waging a war against Chinese girls every day, primarily as a result of the One-Child Policy.”

“President Obama and President Hu are meeting at this very moment to discuss the topic of human rights,” she added. “We are asking God to stir in their hearts to commit to ending gendercide.”

“We’re praying that both presidents will commit to end gender-selective abortion, end abandonment of girls, end trafficking of girls, and end violence against mothers. It would be a profound legacy for both leaders and would win billions of people’s hearts towards both presidents,” she added.

She called on Americans “to stand up for the rights of girls and mothers in China.”

Chai’s comments follow on the heels of a press conference involving her organization and pro-life Congressman Chris Smith, who delivered moving remarks about the forced abortions women in China are forced to endure if the violate the one-child family planning policy.

Geng He, the wife of Gao Zhisheng, political prisoner and China’s leading human rights lawyer and Ngawang Sangdrol, ex-political prisoner in Tibet, present in Tibet during Hu’s 1988-1990 tenure as party boss in Tibet, during which he presided over the most violent crackdown on Tibetans since 1959, also attended.

Yang Jianli, former Chinese political prisoner, currently representative of Liu Xiaobo to Norwegian Nobel Committee, and President, Initiatives for China; Bob Fu, former political prisoner, currently President, China Aid Association; and Harry Wu, former political prisoner, currently President, Laogai Research Foundation, also participated as did Reggie Littlejohn of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers.

Yesterday,  Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, Director of the Christian Defense Coalition, was arrested in front of the White House protesting forced abortions.

Mahoney brought to the sidewalk in front of the White House a single chair, a picture of Nobel Prize Laureate Liu Xiaobo, and a picture of a Christian woman who was brutally beaten by the Chinese government. The empty chair represents all those who could never attend a State Dinner because they are being persecuted and in prison for their religious and political beliefs.

The chair Mahoney brought also represents the empty chair from the Noble Peace prize ceremony in Oslo, Norway when Liu Xiaobo could not accept the award because the Chinese government had imprisoned him for speaking out for freedom and democratic reforms in China.

“We are calling upon President Obama to publicly, passionately and boldly speak out against the human and religious rights abuses by the Chinese government against their own people when President Hu Jinato visits the White House this week,” he said. “Sadly, the Obama Administration has remained painfully silent when it comes to China’s utter disregard for human rights and religious freedom. He has refused to speak out against their policy of forced abortion and gendercide against Chinese women.”