CHINA - An Example of Complete Government Control
Congressional Committee OKs Olympics Resolution on China's Forced Abortions July
24, 2008 by Steven Ertelt LifeNews.com Editor
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- A Congressional committee has approved a
resolution calling on China to end its policy of forcing women who violate its
one-child family planning program to have abortions. The resolution comes just
two weeks before the Asian nation kicks off the Summer Olympics.
The House Foreign Affairs Committee has unanimously approved legislation calling
on the Chinese government to immediately “end abuses of human rights of its
citizens." The resolution asks the Chinese government to ensure the Olympic
games take place “in an atmosphere that honors the Olympic traditions of freedom
Rep. Chris Smith, who has led pro-life efforts in Congress for decades, urged
his colleagues to back the measure and sponsored amendments to it.
One change calls on the Chinese government to abandon its coercive population
control policy that includes forced abortion. “China¹s coercive population
control program has imposed unspeakable violence, pain and humiliation on
hundreds of millions of Chinese women, many of whom suffer
lifelong depression as a consequence,” Smith reported.
"Massively violated by the state, it is no wonder more women commit suicide in
China than anywhere else in the world,” he added.
Smith has held more than 25 hearings on human rights abuses in China as
chairman. The House human rights committee is one of the leading experts on
human rights abuses around the globe. “As a direct result of the government¹s
one child policy, tens of millions of girls are missing today
-- dead due to sex-selection abortions -- creating a huge gender disparity,"
"With its heavy reliance on forced abortion, involuntary sterilization and
ruinous fines for illegal children, the policy, in effect since 1979,
constitutes one of the greatest continuous crimes against humanity in human
history,” Smith added.
Smith said that, with the Olympics coming up, the nation and the world needs to
understand that China's human rights record -- especially as it concerns
abortion -- is deplorable.
Chinese Officials to Relax One-Child Forced Abortion Policy for Quake
Victims May 27, 2008 by Steven Ertelt LifeNews.com Editor
Beijing, China (LifeNews.com) -- After an international outrage that thousands
of Chinese parents lost their only children in the massive earthquake that
recently hit China, officials in the Asian nation say they will make an
exception. Parents of children killed in the disaster will be eligible to have
The quake hit near school classrooms where more than 7,000 children were located
at the time of the strike. (Sadly the structure was poorly made and many women
are now too old to have another child. editor)
The Chengdu Population and Family Planning Committee located in the capital city
of the mountain province most affected by the quake recently made the
determination. AP reported that a family planning official by the name of Wang
confirmed the decision. "There are just a lot of cases now, so
we need to clarify our policies," he said.
Officials also indicated that parents of children born in violation of the
one-child policy will no longer have to pay fines for their birth, although the
payment of past penalties will not be refunded. The family planning office is
also allowing parents of illegally-born children to register them as legally
born if they lost a legally-born child in the earthquake. AP says the move is
important because these children will now be able to attend school and receive
In March, some mainstream media outlets wrongly reported the nation had scrapped
its policy only to see the Beijing News report that the National Population and
Family Planning Commission's publicity and education department told it that the
original news reports were erroneous. "China will continue to pursue even
better its population and family planning policy," the report said.
However, Chinese officials acknowledged in April that they are not only planning
to continue the one-child family planning policy that has resulted in forced
abortions and sterilizations but continuing abuses under it. The latest reports
indicate Chinese women who become pregnant a second time
continue to face human rights abuses from family planning officials.
Radio Free Asia says it has learned of the case of a woman in Zhubao township in
the eastern province of Shandong who was detained and beaten to force her
pregnant sister to come out of hiding. “After they took her away they were
asking her questions about our other sister [the pregnant woman],” a younger
sister told the news service.