A Congressional hearing on Monday will focus on continued human rights attacks and abuses in China, even after the international attention on Chen Guangcheng, the Chinese forced abortion opponent who fled China to the United States following house arrest and persecution.
Congressman Smith, the chairman of the House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health and Human Rights will preside over the hearing, entitled “Continued Human Rights Attacks on Families in China” that will focus on the Chinese government’s attacks on families of dissidents or women without birth permits. Witnesses include both Pastor Bob Fu, of ChinaAid Association who helped get Chen Guangcheng released and other top human rights experts.
Steven Mosher, an internationally recognized authority on China and population issues, as well as an acclaimed author, speaker, and president of the Population Research Institute, is one of the witnesses as well. Mosher will be joined in testifying by Reggie Littlejohn, founder and President of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers.
With the recent uproar against China’s enforced one-child policy these witnesses will use their research and experience in the field to present to Congress clear and concrete evidence of the violations against the human rights of Chinese families by their government.
“This is further evidence that the US should immediately suspend funding to the UN population fund because of its involvement in China’s barbaric one-child policy,” says Mosher, “Hillary Clinton, take note.”
The hearing follows a vote this week by the European Parliament, which has adopted a resolution strongly condemning forced abortions and sterilizations under China’s one child policy. The resolution specifically condemns the forced abortion at seven months of Feng Jianmei, which occurred last month in Shaanxi Province, China.
The image of Feng lying in a bed next to the body of her baby killed in the abortion has riveted the Internet for weeks.
The resolution, 2012/2712 (RSP), “strongly condemns the decision to force Ms. Feng to have an abortion and condemns the practice of forced abortions and sterilizations globally, especially in the context of the one‑child policy.” The resolution further states that “the EU has provided, and still provides, funds for organizations involved in family planning policies in China,” and “urges the Commission to ensure that its funding of projects does not breach” the European Parliament’s commitment against coercive population control.
Reggie Littlejohn, President of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, welcomed this decision in comments to LifeNews.
She said: “I have twice addressed the European Parliament on the One Child Policy, and I know how passionate the MEPs are, both from the pro-life and the pro-choice perspectives. The fact that these forces were able to join together to condemn forced abortion is a masterpiece of coalition building. As my message has been from the beginning, whether you are pro-life or pro-choice, no one supports forced abortion, because it is not a choice.”
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Littlejohn also lauded the European Parliament’s acknowledgement that it provides funding for family planning in China, and its decision to investigate whether this funding might be associated with coercion.
Littlejohn stated, “The UNFPA and International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) work hand in hand with the Chinese population control machine, which is coercive. They are funded by many nations, not only in Europe but the world over, including the United States. I have no doubt that any investigation by the European Parliament or others will reveal that these organizations are complicit with coercive family planning in China.”