UN Complaint Filed Against China for Forcing Women to Have Abortions Under 2-Child Policy

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Aug 10, 2016   |   10:17AM   |   Washington, DC

Following a landmark report that forced abortions continue in China despite the Asian nation’s move from a one-child to a two-child policy, a women’s rights organization has filed a complaint with the United Nations.

As LifeNews reported yesterday, a close analysis of several reports coming out of China, however, demonstrates that Chinese government sources themselves inadvertently have admitted that forced abortion continues under the Two-Child Policy.

As Women’s Rights Without Frontiers noted in its report, under the Two-Child Policy, Family Planning Police continue to screen women of child-bearing age for pregnancy four times a year. It is still illegal for single women to have babies in China, and for couples to have third children.  It appears that some may be given an opportunity to pay a fine, but if a woman is illegally pregnant and cannot pay the fine – which can be as much as ten times her annual salary – she is forced to abort.

Today, Women’s Rights Without Frontiers filed an official Complaint against China with the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. The Complaint argues that coercive population control continues under the new Two-Child Policy. Read the full text of the Complaint here.

Reggie Littlejohn, President of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers,told LifeNews.com: “Sending out 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 must not 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 under the new Two-Child Policy. The one-child policy does not need to be modified. It needs to be abolished,” she said.

Here’s more from the organization:

On January 1, 2016, China moved from a One-Child Policy to a Two-Child Policy. The Chinese announced that by this modification it was “abandoning” the One Child Policy. Characterizing 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.

Coercion is the core of the policy. Instituting a two-child policy will not end forced abortion or forced sterilization. As blind activist Chen Guangcheng succinctly 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

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The Complaint

1) Provides evidence of current coercive practices, including recent reports from Guangdong province of a woman eight months pregnant who has been given the choice of having an abortion or losing her government job and that of her husband.

2) Discusses the fact that the number of reported abortions in China increased from 13 million to 23 million a year, according to the 2015 State Department China report.

3) Describes how the new NIPT pre-natal testing may be used to target girls in sex-selective abortion.

4) Argues that – contrary to the boasts of a Chinese government official – the “prevention” of 400 million lives (many through forced abortion) is not the answer to global warming or sustainable development.

5) Reviews a scientific study demonstrating that multiple abortions lead to a greatly increased risk of breast cancer. When caused by forced abortion, breast cancer is a violation of women’s rights.

6) Describes Women’s Rights Without Frontiers International Advocacy and Save a Girl Campaign, which has saved more than 200 baby girls from sex-selective abortion or abandonment, as well as grinding poverty.