China’s Three-Child Policy Will Not Protect Victims of Forced Abortion, Sterilization


Last week, the repressive government of the People’s Republic of China announced that they’d be loosening their restrictions on family size and would be allowing and encouraging families to expand their family size to three children.

The Chinese Communist Party’s notorious one-child policy was initially put in place under the pretense of population control but as the rising global super power’s birth rate has dropped, they appear to be reversing course.

The policy shift ought not to be mistaken for a loosening on the general contempt that the atheistic government shows towards the value of human life, however, and human rights advocates are warning that women will still be forced to abort.

“China’s move from a two-child policy to a three-child policy is nothing to celebrate.  China should abolish all coercive population control.  It is not the business of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to ‘allow’ couples, or single women, to have children of whatever number,” Reggie Littlejohn, founder and president of the group Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, told LifeNews.

“A three-child policy keeps the ‘womb police’ in business.  They will still be tracking women’s fertility and birth, and punishing those who find themselves ‘illegally pregnant,’” she explained.

Littlejohn pointed to a report from Radio Free Asia which stated that “an average of 8 million ‘extra’ pregnancies are aborted in China each year.”

“Since the new three-child policy applies to only ‘couples,’ single women will still be forcibly aborted, as will fourth children.  These gross violations of women’s rights and human rights must be stopped, effective immediately,” she explained.

While the Chinese Embassy in the United States, meanwhile, has touted forced abortions among the nation’s Uyghur Muslim minority as part of the nation’s successful attempts at “eradicating extremism.”

“Study shows that in the process of eradicating extremism, the minds of Uygur women in Xinjiang were emancipated and gender equality and reproductive health were promoted, making them no longer baby-making machines,” the Chinese Embassy wrote on Twitter in January. “They are more confident and independent.”

The tweet was removed for violating Twitter rules and understandably offended critics of Beijing’s treatment of the religious minority in the west.

Uyghur women are reportedly subject to horrific abuse at the hands of Chinese officials, including detention, torture, sexual abuse, sterilizations, abortions, and even infanticide, LifeNews notes.

“Absolutely unbelievable. China touting a decline in births in Xinjiang where they are forcing women to have abortions and sterilizations based on their religion– and pretending it is making these women ‘more confident and independent.’ You can’t make this stuff up,” the Daily Caller’s Mary Margaret Olohan wrote on Twitter in response to a report from China state media on the declining birth rates in Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region.

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