China’s forced abortions

Kathleen Parker has a terrific column on forced abortions in China:

Coerced abortions, as well as involuntary sterilizations, are commonplace in China, Beijing's protestations notwithstanding. While the Chinese Communist Party insists that abortions are voluntary under the nation's one-child policy, electronic documentation recently smuggled out of the country tells a different story.

Congressional members of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission heard some of that story Tuesday, two days before President Obama was slated to leave for Asia, including China, to discuss economic issues. Among evidence provided by two human rights organizations, ChinaAid and Women's Rights Without Frontiers, were tales of pregnant women essentially being hunted down and forced to submit to surgery or induced labor.

Reggie Littlejohn, founder and president of the Frontiers group, told the commission that China's one-child policy "causes more violence against women and girls than any other official policy on Earth." . . .

A woman pregnant without permission has to surrender her unborn child to government enforcers, no matter what the stage of fetal development. . . .

The one-child policy has created other problems that threaten women and girls. The traditional preference for boys has meant sex-selected abortions resulting in a gender imbalance. Today, men in China outnumber women by 37 million, a disparity that has become a driving force behind sex slavery in Asia. Exacerbating the imbalance, about 500 women a day commit suicide in China — the highest rate in the world, which Littlejohn attributes in part to coercive family planning.

Obviously, the United States is in an awkward position with China, our second-largest trading partner and the largest holder of our government debt. But Littlejohn hopes Obama will "truly represent American values, including our strong commitment to human rights." She is also calling on Planned Parenthood and NARAL to speak up for reproductive choice in China.

That last sentence raises a great question. Planned Parenthood and NARAL say they are not pro-abortion, just pro-choice. So why aren’t they agitating against for a woman’s right to choose NOT to get an abortion in China?

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • Orianna Laun

    This one-child issue caused great consternation among the people when a recent natural disaster caused a school to collapse, and the families lost their only child with little hope of another (not that one child can replace another).
    These groups which claim to support women and women’s reproductive rights do just that, make claims, which is why they are not speaking up.

  • Orianna Laun

    This one-child issue caused great consternation among the people when a recent natural disaster caused a school to collapse, and the families lost their only child with little hope of another (not that one child can replace another).
    These groups which claim to support women and women’s reproductive rights do just that, make claims, which is why they are not speaking up.

  • Carl Vehse

    “The traditional preference for boys has meant sex-selected abortions resulting in a gender imbalance.”

    Just wait until the Mengelesque 0bamacare arrives! Sex-selective abortion or genetically-identified-defect-selective abortion will become a practice.

  • Carl Vehse

    “The traditional preference for boys has meant sex-selected abortions resulting in a gender imbalance.”

    Just wait until the Mengelesque 0bamacare arrives! Sex-selective abortion or genetically-identified-defect-selective abortion will become a practice.

  • Anonymous

    May I point out that there is no more authentic Lutheran voice on the planet than Carl Vehse’s.

  • Anonymous

    May I point out that there is no more authentic Lutheran voice on the planet than Carl Vehse’s.

  • DonS

    By the same token, Dr. Veith, since Planned Parenthood and NARAL are so into “choice”, it’s odd that they so bitterly oppose informed consent laws, to ensure that young moms are fully informed of their options for adopting out their baby, should they choose to proceed with the pregnancy, as well as the process by which their baby will be killed, should they choose to proceed with an abortion. Hmmmm….

  • DonS

    By the same token, Dr. Veith, since Planned Parenthood and NARAL are so into “choice”, it’s odd that they so bitterly oppose informed consent laws, to ensure that young moms are fully informed of their options for adopting out their baby, should they choose to proceed with the pregnancy, as well as the process by which their baby will be killed, should they choose to proceed with an abortion. Hmmmm….

  • DonS

    Regarding China’s “one child” policy, this is the very reason why I don’t believe there is that much to fear in the long term regarding China’s increasing economic power. This policy was established in 1979. Thus, China is at the zenith of its strength right now, with a large population of adults aged 30 and up, in their prime productive years, and a relatively small dependent population of minor children. But what happens in 15-20 years, when the population bulge is aged 50 and over, and the population of folks 45 and under is only one-half or less as large, on average, as it would otherwise be? Who will support all the seniors who can no longer work, and produce the goods and services? I do hate to think what the societal pressure will be to kill infirm seniors, given China’s low regard for human life.

  • DonS

    Regarding China’s “one child” policy, this is the very reason why I don’t believe there is that much to fear in the long term regarding China’s increasing economic power. This policy was established in 1979. Thus, China is at the zenith of its strength right now, with a large population of adults aged 30 and up, in their prime productive years, and a relatively small dependent population of minor children. But what happens in 15-20 years, when the population bulge is aged 50 and over, and the population of folks 45 and under is only one-half or less as large, on average, as it would otherwise be? Who will support all the seniors who can no longer work, and produce the goods and services? I do hate to think what the societal pressure will be to kill infirm seniors, given China’s low regard for human life.

  • http://www.geneveith.com geneveith

    Jeff Slater comments (in a post that inexplicably did not go up):

    Uh, because they are not pro-choice, but pro-abortion. Actually, they’re pro-profit. These clinics never present a choice and the women going to them know they are not going to be counseled about their choices. There is no profit to be made in sending women away with their babies, is there? And they are not really pro-woman either, to answer the question more directly. They are pro “what’s in it for me” either financially (to further myself) or politicially (to further my agenda) – there’s nothing in it for them in China…
     
    hence, the silence…

  • http://www.geneveith.com geneveith

    Jeff Slater comments (in a post that inexplicably did not go up):

    Uh, because they are not pro-choice, but pro-abortion. Actually, they’re pro-profit. These clinics never present a choice and the women going to them know they are not going to be counseled about their choices. There is no profit to be made in sending women away with their babies, is there? And they are not really pro-woman either, to answer the question more directly. They are pro “what’s in it for me” either financially (to further myself) or politicially (to further my agenda) – there’s nothing in it for them in China…
     
    hence, the silence…

  • J

    Why didn’t American Christians speak up when most of the Christian community in Iraq was blown away after the American invasion in ’03?

  • J

    Why didn’t American Christians speak up when most of the Christian community in Iraq was blown away after the American invasion in ’03?

  • Carl Vehse

    J, where do you get such a notion?

    American Christians did speak up and act when Iraqi Christians were being attacked and killed by Islamoterrorists in Baghdad and elsewhere after the Americans overthrew Saddam. Even more, there has been efforts to help other Christians in other countries, such as Pakistan, India, and several African nations, where Christians have been or are being attacked or killed.

    Please document your claim, “most of the Christian community in Iraq was blown away after the American invasion in ‘03″. If it is a substantiated statement, then perhaps you will want to start a blog to discuss such a issue, so that other Christians can continue to speak up on it.

  • Carl Vehse

    J, where do you get such a notion?

    American Christians did speak up and act when Iraqi Christians were being attacked and killed by Islamoterrorists in Baghdad and elsewhere after the Americans overthrew Saddam. Even more, there has been efforts to help other Christians in other countries, such as Pakistan, India, and several African nations, where Christians have been or are being attacked or killed.

    Please document your claim, “most of the Christian community in Iraq was blown away after the American invasion in ‘03″. If it is a substantiated statement, then perhaps you will want to start a blog to discuss such a issue, so that other Christians can continue to speak up on it.

  • DonS

    J, Carl makes a good point. I am not familiar with this destruction of the Iraqi Christian community after the ’03 invasion, except for your occasional unsourced references to it. If this occurred, I would say that it went generally uncovered by worldwide media, and our unawareness of it is why we have not spoken out against it and the perpetrators of this massacre.

    On the other hand, I’m not sure how your point relates to the thread. Are you opposed to Christians speaking up against the holocaust occurring against the unborn in China because of an official mandatory government policy? Are you opposed to changes in U.S. law and policy which would at least permit American women to make an informed choice when excercising their “right to choose”? What is it that you are saying, exactly?

  • DonS

    J, Carl makes a good point. I am not familiar with this destruction of the Iraqi Christian community after the ’03 invasion, except for your occasional unsourced references to it. If this occurred, I would say that it went generally uncovered by worldwide media, and our unawareness of it is why we have not spoken out against it and the perpetrators of this massacre.

    On the other hand, I’m not sure how your point relates to the thread. Are you opposed to Christians speaking up against the holocaust occurring against the unborn in China because of an official mandatory government policy? Are you opposed to changes in U.S. law and policy which would at least permit American women to make an informed choice when excercising their “right to choose”? What is it that you are saying, exactly?

  • http://www.shempel.blogspot.com Sarah in Exile

    Naral and Planned Parenthood are suposed to be ultra-feminist organizations that fight for women’s right. I think that it is not necessarily unwise to enlist their influence in getting a little dignity to women in China, including unborn women.

    Christians need to be praying for China. The homechurch network of Christians is growing there and people are hungry for the Gospel. We also need to pray for Pres. Obama that he uses his influence and power for the good of both Americans and the Chinese.

    Just because we don’t agree with someone’s ideology doesn’t mean that we cannot rally around a place of common conviction. Fighting over ideologies in America doesn’t help unborn Chinese children.

  • http://www.shempel.blogspot.com Sarah in Exile

    Naral and Planned Parenthood are suposed to be ultra-feminist organizations that fight for women’s right. I think that it is not necessarily unwise to enlist their influence in getting a little dignity to women in China, including unborn women.

    Christians need to be praying for China. The homechurch network of Christians is growing there and people are hungry for the Gospel. We also need to pray for Pres. Obama that he uses his influence and power for the good of both Americans and the Chinese.

    Just because we don’t agree with someone’s ideology doesn’t mean that we cannot rally around a place of common conviction. Fighting over ideologies in America doesn’t help unborn Chinese children.


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