And remembering millions of little girls “missing” around the world
By Karen Cross, National Right to Life Political Director
It was impossible not to shed tears as Yue Zhang shared the trauma of being forced to abort her baby – six months into the pregnancy – a child she wanted and loved.
At an event held today at the Heritage Foundation, along with Reggie Littlejohn, president of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, and pro-life Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ), Yue Zhang courageously spoke about how the Chinese Family Planning Committee dragged her into a car, took her to the hospital, and forced her to abort her baby.
“Sometimes I believed it was my fault. I hated myself for getting pregnant without getting married, and causing my child to die,” Zhang shared. She told the audience how she suffered nightmares, and would hear children crying.
Being pregnant and unmarried in China, her choices were to pay a “social maintenance fee” of $60,000, or abort her child.
According to Littlejohn, under China’s two-child policy, “It remains illegal in China for unmarried women to have a baby.”
In order to help us understand the magnitude of the numbers, Littlejohn broke them down.
There are estimates of 23 million abortions per year in China (13 million surgical and 10 million chemical), according to Littlejohn.
There are 63,000 abortions every day in China. “Essentially, every breath we take a child is aborted in China,” she told her audience.
Hundreds of millions of lives have been destroyed by forced abortion in China. People have the misleading impression, she said, that when the two-child policy was implemented, the forced abortion situation was solved. The only difference is that under the one-child policy every child after one was aborted. Now they kill every baby after two.
Rep. Smith reminded us that forced abortion in China is the longest running human rights violation ever and that we have a responsibility to stop it. “The international community, led by the U.S., must insist that China abolish all birth restrictions, dismantle its family planning apparatus, compensate the victims of forced abortions and sterilizations, raise the legal and inheritance status of girls, and permanently close a dark and deadly chapter in Chinese history,” he said. “By shining a light on what is happening in China we hope to move toward a world where every woman and girl is valued and deeply respected because of her intrinsic dignity, and where every child is welcomed regardless of his or her sex.”
Women are so maltreated and hunted down simply because they’re with child it often leads to suicide. We learned that between 25% and 40% more women kill themselves than men in China.
Local authorities are provided incentives and quotas and may require women to report for up to two ultrasounds per year to determine if they’re pregnant.
Due to China’s two-child policy women are experiencing some of the worst human rights violations in the world. Please remember them on this International Women’s Day, and remember the millions of little girls who have been aborted, simply because they’re female.
“Forced abortion is not a choice,” Littlejohn said. “It is official government rape.” Agreeing with Rep. Smith, she concluded, “We need to keep the international pressure on the Chinese Communist Party until all coercive population control is eradicated.”