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Xi Jinping, Pope Francis and the 35th anniversary of China’s One Child Policy

by | Sep 28, 2015

By Women’s Rights Without Frontiers

Editor’s note. This statement was released last Friday.

Baby girl rescued from Beijing bathroom, AFP/Getty Images

Baby girl rescued from Beijing bathroom, AFP/Getty Images

September 25, 2015, marks the 35th anniversary of China’s brutal One Child Policy. On that day, Chinese President Xi Jinping will be in Washington DC on an official state visit, and Pope Francis will be in New York addressing the United Nations.

Women’s Rights Without Frontiers has released an Open Letter to President Xi Jinping condemning coercive population control under China’s One Child Policy. (See attached, as well as the electronic link below.) The Open Letter chronicles the history of savagely cruel and profoundly disturbing reports emerging from China over the past year, including:

• A baby girl was rescued after being flushed down a toilet

• A teacher from Guizhou was almost forcibly aborted at five months

• Chinese officials reportedly are forced to meet monthly abortion quotas

• Population control has China headed for a demographic disaster

• The One Child Policy is the driving force behind sexual slavery in China

The Letter argues that the “reform” of 2014 – really, a minor modification – of the One Child Policy has done little or nothing to end coercive population control or gendercide.

The Letter also discusses a recent study finding that multiple abortions leads to a greatly increased risk of breast cancer.

“The mayhem caused by China’s One Child Policy continues unabated and has taken some troubling new twists, with people being driven to mental breakdown, murder and suicide, as well as an obstetrician using her position of trust in order to traffic babies,” said WRWF President Reggie Littlejohn stated. “The minor modification of the Policy that took place on January 1 of last year has failed to solve these problems. The One Child Policy does not need to be modified. Forced abortion and all forms of coercive population control need to be abolished.”

Littlejohn continued, “In my opinion, the Chinese Communist Party will not relinquish coercive population control because 1) it enables them to exert social control through terror; 2) it is a lucrative profit center; 3) it provides an infrastructure of coercion that can be used to crush dissent of any sort; and 4) it ruptures relationships of trust, so that people cannot organize for change. I believe that the Chinese Communist Party is maintaining its grip on power by shedding the blood of the innocent women and babies of China.”

The full Letter can be read here.

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