Horrors of Chinese Forced Abortion are becoming more and more difficult to ignore
By Dave Andrusko
I have often wondered if there is a point—practically or even theoretically—when the hard core pro-abortionist would say something (anything) about the hideous policy of forced abortion which is part and parcel of China’s abominable “One Child Policy.”
For whatever combination of reasons, Nancy Northup, President and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights, sent a letter to the editor of the New York Times printed yesterday in response to a story the Times wrote about Feng Jianmei’s forced abortion.
As you recall, she was 7 months pregnant. Feng and her husband could not pay the fine for having a second child and she was kidnapped off the streets and brutally aborted. The scandal went viral when her husband posted pictures on the Chinese version of Twitter, including one with the body of their dead baby lying next to Mrs. Feng.
“The government’s efforts to dictate the reproductive choices of its citizens through cruel and inhuman treatment are a gross violation of fundamental human rights,” Northrup wrote. She ends with an allusion to every woman’s right to “dominion over her own reproductive life,” which is no doubt a shot at us. Nonetheless—for whatever reason—Northrup wrote the letter to the house organ of the Abortion Industry.
As time permits we will be writing about an almost overpowering general session at the 2012 NRLC convention: “’Where are all the Girls?’ The Social consequences of China’s one-child policy.” The featured speakers were Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) and Reggie Littlejohn, president of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, will also speak June 28. However bad you and I may think it is in China, it’s worse.
Turning a quick corner, a few words about a story in today’s Wall Street Journal about Chinese novelist Sheng Keyi. CLARISSA SEBAG-MONTEFIORE
Clarissa Sebag-Montefiore describes her as
“one of China’s upcoming star literary novelists in part because the most powerful images in her fiction are rooted in reality. In her debut novel ‘Northern Girls,’ a migrant teenager named Li Sijiang suffers a brutal forced sterilization in the Chinese boom town of Shenzhen. Ms. Sheng, sitting in a bookshop-cum-café in this city where she now lives, recounts the real-life incident that inspired that scene.
“’The girl was screaming,’ she says. ‘I stood watching but I couldn’t do anything.’”
What makes this so unique is that Ms. Sheng pursued work in Shenzhen in the early 1990s and wound up working in a “birth control center.” Sebag-Montefiore writes
“While she was on staff, Ms. Sheng witnessed a forced abortion, as a young girl was hauled into the operating room by four men. ‘I was a propagandist, promoting knowledge on birth control. [Now] I write about the opposite to what I did—because I think the opposite is real.’”
The rest of the story makes for amazing reading. Her own story, and her novel, are a journey into the heart of darkness. We’ll take a fuller look on Friday.
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