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by Reggie Littlejohn
pro-life movement recognises Reggie Littlejohn for her work against China's
one-child policy. She wonders where "the pro-choice movement" stands on the
issue, whether "forced abortion and sterilisation" ordered by the Communist
Party are a choice. United, victory is possible.
Washington (AsiaNews) - In a few hours, about half a million people are
expected in the US capital for the annual March for life against abortion. It is
the 40th anniversary of the first rally by the pro-life movement.
Today's event includes prayers and in-depth discussions about life and what
threatens it in the world.
This year, the Pro-Life Recognition Award goes to Reggie Littlejohn whose
organisation, Women's Rights Without Frontiers, has opposed forced abortions and
sterilization in China.
What follows is the speech she will deliver tonight.
It is truly humbling to receive this award, which I accept on behalf of the
women and children of China, who suffer unspeakably under China's brutal One
Child Policy. The fact that you have chosen to recognize my work to end forced
abortion and gendercide in China indicates that the focus of the U.S. pro-life
movement extends beyond the shores of this land to human rights atrocities
occurring on the other side of the earth -- at the hands of a brutal
totalitarian regime, the Chinese Communist Party.
You may have heard reports that China is ending its One-Child Policy. This
is untrue. As recently as January 14, 2013, Wang Xia, Chairman of the National
Population and Family planning Commission, stated, "We must unwaveringly adhere
to the One Child Policy as a national policy to stabilize the low birth rate as
the primary task." China's One Child Policy is here to stay.
The magnitude of suffering is almost unimaginable. Since the Roe v. Wade
decision in 1973, the U.S. has had about 55 million abortions. Since the
One-Child Policy was instituted in 1980, the Chinese Communist Party boasts that
it has "prevented" 400 million births. That's more than the entire population
of the United States.
Many of these births are "prevented" through forced abortion. Family
Planning Police drag women out of their homes and force them to abort their
babies, up to the ninth month of pregnancy. Family Planning
Officials also order involuntary sterilizations, and even infanticide, the
killing of infants.
Because of the preference for boys, girls are targeted for abortion, just
because they are girls. According to one UN estimate, up to 200 million women
are missing in the world today because of sex-selective abortion.
China's One Child Policy causes more violence against women and girls than
any other official policy on earth, and any other official policy in the history
of the world, because of the sheer numbers involved. One woman out of every
five on earth is Chinese. This is the real "war against women."
Thank you for caring about the women and babies of China. You are to be
commended for taking on one of the toughest international issues of our age:
the coercive enforcement of China's One Child Policy.
My question is: where is the pro-choice movement on this? Whether you are
pro-life or pro-choice, no
one supports forced abortion because it is not a choice. Why isn't
the pro-choice movement condemning forced abortion in China? Why aren't they
standing against forced sterilization? Why aren't they crying out against the
selective abortion of baby girls? Right now, as I am speaking to you, women are
being dragged out of their homes, strapped down to tables, and forcibly aborted
and sterilized. I challenge these organizations to take a stand.
And yet there is hope. Women's Rights Without Frontiers recently launched a
"Save a Girl" campaign that is saving the lives of baby girls in China. We have
field workers who identify women who have had an ultrasound, discovered that
they are carrying girls, and plan to abort or abandon them. We reach out to
these mothers, persuade them to keep their daughters, and give them a monthly
stipend for a year to help them support their baby girls. This campaign is
saving lives in China. You can find it on the Women's Rights Without Frontiers
I am truly thankful for this award, but more than that, for every committed
life in this room. May the power of every ignited heart combine to burst into a
flame that will set the world on fire.
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