This was sent to me today...and I am sharing it in full.China: Aborted Baby Cries Before CremationBy Reggie Littlejohn, President, Women’s Rights Without Frontiers
One Child Policy Expert, Human Rights Without Frontiers and China Aid Associationwww.womensrightswithoutfrontiers.org
Crematorium workers in Guangdong Province found an infant
in a “medical waste” receptacle on its way to being cremated, reports Xinhua, China’s official news agency. The crematorium workers immediately sent the infant back to the hospital. Later that day, the hospital sent the infant back to the crematorium, dead. The hospital offered no explanation of the cause of death.
Earlier this year, Xinhua reported that 21 bodies of fetuses and babies were found discarded in a river in East China. Xinhua News stated, “the bodies may have been dumped by cleaners from local hospitals after abortions and induced labor. Such dead bodies are treated as ‘medical waste’ by hospitals.”
Meanwhile, the China Daily News glibly reports that China is celebrating International Children’s Day in grand style this week. Children attending the Shanghai Expo, for example, are being treated to treasure hunts, limbo competitions, face painting and brass band concerts. As the Chinese Communist Party propagandizes its official celebration of International Children’s Day, let us not forget the appalling truth: 400 million children – mostly girls -- were “prevented” by China’s coercive One Child Policy. Let us also not forget how this policy is enforced -- through forced abortion, forced sterilization -- and at times, infanticide.
At a Congressional Hearing on November 10, 2009, (before the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission), I presented two documents, recently leaked out of China, setting forth new information on the practice of infanticide. According to these sources, practices include:
*Puncturing the brain and injecting it with poison during labor or immediately after birth;
*throwing the infant to the ground
*drowning by placing the infant in a bucket of water and stepping on him or her
To see documentation of these practices, visit http://www.womensrightswithoutfrontiers.org/index.php?nav=congressional
Whether you’re pro-life or pro-choice, everyone opposes forced abortion because it’s not a choice. The One Child Policy causes more violence to women and girls than any other official policy on earth:
1) Forced abortion is traumatic to women. It is a form of torture. To read one woman’s harrowing account, visit http://www.womensrightswithoutfrontiers.org/index.php?nav=wujian
2) Because of the traditional preference for boys, sex-selective abortion is common and most of the aborted fetuses are girls. In addition, female infanticide is a problem. According to a recent study published in the British Medical Journal, the overall sex ratio for China is 126 boys for every 100 girls. Nine provinces had ratios of over 160, boys for every 100 girls, for second children. The article stated, “Sex selective abortion accounts for almost all the excess males.” This practice constitutes “gendercide.”
3) Because of this gendercide, there are 37 million more men than women in China today. This gender imbalance is a major force driving sexual trafficking of women and girls in Asia.
4) China has the highest female suicide rate of any country in the world. It is the only nation in which more women than men kill themselves. According to the World Health Organization, approximately 500 women a day end their lives in China. Could this extraordinary suicide rate be related to coercive family planning?
5) Women who have violated the policy are often forcibly sterilized. Forced sterilization is a serious human rights abuse and can lead to life-long health complications.
In my opinion, forced abortion, forced sterilization and infanticide as they are practiced in China today constitute crimes against humanity: serious human right atrocities that are “part either of a government policy . . . or of a wide practice of atrocities tolerated or condoned by a government,” under a standard referenced by the International Criminal Court established in The Hague in 2002. These crimes against humanity are oppressing 1.3 billion people – one fifth of the population of the earth. The people of China cannot speak out against these crimes without facing possible detention and torture. Those of us who can speak out, must speak out. These atrocities besmirch the face, not only of the Chinese Communist Party, but of all humanity.
Author’s Note: Here links to the news articles mentioned in this article:
Aborted Baby Cries Before Cremationhttp://www.shanghaidaily.com/sp/article/2010/201005/20100514/article_437014.htm#ixzz0oCWJCqrl
21 Fetuses, Baby Bodies, Found in E. China Riverhttp://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/china/2010-03/30/c_13230823.htm
Bodies of 21 Babies Wash Up on Riverbank in Eastern China -- NY Posthttp://www.nypost.com/p/news/international/baby_bodies_wash_ashore_in_china_qA5DSSYsQTYQ2JQcA7Ad3M
Children’s Day Brings Fun and Games to Expohttp://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2010-05/31/content_9909202.htm
Reggie Littlejohn is President of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, a broad-based coalition that opposes forced abortion and sexual slavery in China. In December 2008, she delivered an address at European Parliament in Brussels concerning the One-Child Policy; in July 2009 she briefed the White House; and in November 2009 she testified before Congress (the United States Congressional Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission). She has spoken at the Harvard Law School and The Heritage Foundation as well. A graduate of Yale Law School, Ms. Littlejohn has represented Chinese refugees in their political asylum cases in the United States. Ms. Littlejohn can be reached at 310.592.5722; firstname.lastname@example.org
, Website: http://www.womensrightswithoutfrontiers.org/