Protect Women: UNFPA-supported one child per couple policy, forced abortion, and gendercide are massive crimes against women

Editor’s note. The following was distributed by the office of Rep. Chris Smith, Co-Chair of the Congressional Pro-life Caucus. Earlier today on the House floor Congressman Smith challenged proponents who want to spend U.S. taxpayer money to fund the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

HON. CHRIS SMITH OF NEW JERSEY (Excerpts)

Congressman Chris Smith

Mr. Speaker, abortion is always coercive for the child in the womb.

An unborn baby girl or boy has no say, no right of refusal, no means to protest, no veto power whatsoever concerning a procedure that violently tears a child’s body to pieces, or effectuates the kill by lethal injection or starvation by RU-486.

In China, that coercion is extended by brute force to all women—any mother caught without explicit government authorization to give birth is coerced to abort her baby.

Since 1979, brothers and sisters have been illegal in China as part of the barbaric one child per couple policy.

And for 30 years, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has vigorously supported, funded, defended, promoted, even celebrated these massive crimes against humanity.

Under Presidents Reagan, Bush (1) and Bush—and even one year under Clinton, UNFPA was barred from receiving U.S. funds because of their shameful support and co-management of China’s forced abortion policy.

At issue today is an amendment that was filed and printed in the Congressional Record but not offered a few minutes ago that compels the American taxpayer to furnish $55 million to the UNFPA—an organization that has unapologetically stood not with oppressed women but with the oppressors of women; an organization that has made the Chinese killing machine more efficacious and lethal; an organization that has systematically whitewashed and defended these crimes against humanity.

The UNFPA is not only an essential part of the planning and training of the Chinese cadres who run this anti-woman, anti-child program, but the UNFPA assists in the implementation of it in several counties as well.

The uncontested facts are these:

  • Any Chinese, Tibetan, or Uyghur mother without a birth allowed certificate is forced to abort.
  • All unwed moms are compelled to abort.
  • In what can only be described as a “search and destroy” mission, disabled children are forcibly aborted as part of a nationwide eugenics program.

Each day Chinese family planning cadres impose huge “compensation” fees on any woman who lacks permission to give birth or evades detection.

Ruinous fines—from 1-10 times the combined annual salaries of both parents, plus jail, torture, property confiscation, loss of employment, loss of educational opportunities, housing and health care—are all weapons routinely employed by the family planning cadres to ensure compliance with the one child per couple policy.

In denying U.S. funds to the UNFPA in 2008, Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte wrote: “China’s birth limitation program retains harshly coercive elements in law and practice, including coercive abortion and involuntary sterilization…it is illegal in almost all provinces for a single woman to bear a child… .”

The State Department noted that Chinese law is “the foundation of its coercive policies and practices” and that the UNFPA comports with and adheres to “Chinese law.”

Mr. Speaker, the UNFPA-supported one child per couple policy has led to the worst gender disparity in any nation in history.

Where are the missing girls of China?

Dead, Mr. Speaker, murdered because they were female, systematically destroyed over 30 years by sex selected abortion.

Today, there may be as many as 100 million missing girls in China—gendercide, the evil twin of genocide.

The societal implications of the UNFPA-supported one child per couple policy are staggering.

According to the WHO, about 500 Chinese women commit suicide every day.

China has become a magnate for sex trafficking in large measure due to the “missing girls.”

An estimated 40 million men won’t be able to find wives by 2020—because for 30 years and counting, girls have suffered the ultimate gender discrimination—sex selective abortion.

A little over a year ago, I convened a Congressional hearing on China’s one child policy—the 27th hearing on human rights violations in the PRC that I’ve chaired.

The principal witness—Wujian— is a Chinese student attending a major U.S. university.

Wujian—an unwed mother in China—was forced to have an abortion.

Through tears, she told us how at the clinic, “I saw hundreds of pregnant moms, all of them just like pigs in the slaughterhouse.”

Outside, “some moms were crying, some were mourning, some moms were screaming and one mom was rolling on the floor in unbearable pain.”

“Then it was my turn,” she said, “they cut my baby into pieces…with scissors. And sucked it out with a special machine—by force.”

 Wujian continued, “The nurse showed me part of a bloody foot with her tweezers…I saw five small bloody toes.”

“Immediately, the body was thrown into the trashcan.”

“The one child policy has killed millions of innocent lives in China,” she concluded.

The UNFPA ought to be at the Hague, giving an account of its support, promotion and complicity in massive crimes against women.