Today’s post is by guest author Michelle Zhang.
Saturday, September 25, 2010, marked the 30th Anniversary of the One-Child Policy in China. Lifenews.com featured an article that reminds of us the consequences of this law. For years we have heard horror stories of forced sterilization and even forced abortions.
Family planning officials frequently jail couples who refuse to comply, sentence them to house arrest or labor camps, revoke jobs or governmental support, use physical harassment or violence and often target other family members.
We are talking about countless women being taken from their homes, beaten, tied down to a chair, and having the life inside them taken against their will.
This is something that I believe everyone should be concerned of. Even those who call themselves Pro-Choice. This violates life and choice. Pro-Lifers are often accused of not caring about the woman.
Congressman Chris Smith of New Jersey, one of the leading pro-life and human rights advocates in Congress, joined today with Harry Wu, former Chinese political prisoner and president of the Laogai Research Foundation and Reggie Littlejohn, president of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, for a press conference on the dark anniversary.
Congressman Smith along with other Pro-Life leaders demonstrate time and again that Pro-Lifers do not ignore the women. We are the ones out there fighting to change policies like this. Policies that force women to be subjected to regular and painful examinations. Policies that degrade women. Policies that lead to thousands of born girls being abandoned or even killed for being nothing but the “wrong sex”.
Not only are the unborn being slaughtered for being nothing but “second conceived” but young girls as well for “being girls.”
What can we do to help?
Smith also appealed to President Obama and called on him to “speak out in defense of the Chinese people tomorrow, especially women and children, on this terrible anniversary.” Doing so, he said, would provide encouragement for millions of Chinese people, “to suddenly feel that the leader of the free world understands and empathizes with their plight.”