WASHINGTON, January 24, 2002 ( – A woman who was forced to have an abortion before she fled China and another woman who was a former “family planning administrator” in China together accused the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) of supporting forced abortion in China, at a press conference today. The presentation comes as the Bush administration is under pressure from abortion advocates to release $34 million in funding to the UNFPA this year.

Mrs. Ma Dong Fan testified that after being forced to have an abortion and given an IUD without her knowledge, she was then forced to have Norplant implanted before she fled China. She was joined by Mrs. Gao Xiao Duan, a former Administrator of a Planned Birth Control Office in the People’s Republic of China, who recounted the brutality she was part of in enforcing China’s one-child program.

From 1984 to 1998, Mrs. Gao was employed at the office in Yonghe Town, Jinjiang Municipality, Fujian Province, where she administered the region’s coercive population control policies. She described horrific human-rights abuses, including forced abortions and sterilizations, the killing of live-born babies, the imprisonment of offending women, and the destruction of their homes. In testimony before US Congressman in 1998, Gao confessed “I did so many brutal things…. All those…years I was a monster… injuring others by carrying out the Chinese Communist authorities’ barbaric planned birth policy.”

Also at the press conference were:  – Republican Rep Chris Smith, Chair of the House Pro-Life Caucus, who recently wrote President Bush to halt UNFPA funding due to their complicity in China’s coercive population control policies.  – John Aird—A former specialist on demographic developments and China’s population control policies while at the United States Census Bureau, Mr. Aird’s 40-plus year career makes him a leading authority on the population control tactics of China. He now works as a consultant providing expert testimony on asylum cases related to China’s forced abortion and sterilization programs.  – Harry Wu—Director of the Laogai Research Foundation, he is an advocate for human rights in China   – Steven W. Mosher – President of the Population Research Institute (PRI), Mr. Mosher was the first social scientist permitted to study in mainland China. As an anthropologist with Stanford University, Mosher was the first western eye-witness of China’s one-child policy. He recently organized an investigation of coercive abortion and coercive sterilization in counties in China where UNFPA operates.



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