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Highest female suicide rates, gender gap, forced sterilizations/abortions legacy of China’s ‘One-Child’ Policy

by | Sep 22, 2011

Rep. Chris Smith

WASHINGTON, D.C.–China’s brutal “One Child Policy” and its gross violations of human rights, particularly those of women, will be the subject of human rights activists testifying before the House on Thursday at 2:00 in the Rayburn Building.

The hearing comes in the wake of Vice President Joe Biden’s widely reported, controversial comments during an official state visit to China last month. Speaking to a Chinese audience Biden said he was not “second guessing” the policy, indicating the U.S. Administration’s apparent lack of concern for the oppressive policy. Due to the outcry of Members of Congress and human rights groups, Biden later backtracked on his remarks.

Congressman Chris Smith, chairman of the House subcommittee that oversees human rights and chairman of the Congressional-Executive China Commission, will hold the hearing, entitled “China’s One-Child Policy: The Government’s Massive Crime Against Women and Unborn Babies.” Witnesses will testify about China’s harsh population control program. Smith calls China’s one child policy “cruel and barbaric” noting that pregnant women without birth permits are hunted down and there are no single moms in China. To watch live via webcast, go to http://www.hcfa.house.gov

Along with Congressman Smith,  among the witnesses to testify are Chai Ling, former student leader at Tiananmen Square, founder of All Girls Allowed; Reggie Littlejohn, President, Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, and; Dr. Valerie Hudson, author of the book “Bare Branches.”

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