European Parliament confronted with reality of sex-selective abortions
BRUSSELS, November 8, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) – The European Parliament has been confronted with the harsh realities of international sex-selective abortion. Human rights activist Reggie Littlejohn and filmmaker Evan Grae Davis co-presented the feature-length documentary, It’s a Girl at a packed screening hosted by MEP Gay Mitchell at the European Parliament in Brussels on Tuesday.
The filmmakers say they chose the title It’s a Girl based on their belief that they are the three deadliest words in the world.
Because girls are not as valued as boys in many cultures – including China, where families are limited to one child – many girls are aborted, abandoned, or killed at birth for the “crime” of being female.
The United Nations has estimated as many as 200 million girls have been killed by sex-selective abortions during the last 30 years.
“It is a great honor to play a role in this film, which unmasks the brutality of gendercide and leaves an indelible mark on everyone who watches it,” said Littlejohn, the founder of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers (WRWF) , who is one of the documentary’s featured experts. “This is the authoritative film on gendercide, the true war on women.”
Asked what the European Parliament can do to address the gendercide issue, Littlejohn urged members to rethink their support for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and International Planned Parenthood (IPPF).
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While Littlejohn praised the Parliament for its recent passage of a resolution against forced abortions and sterilizations, she pointed out that the “family planning” organizations it supports work closely with regimes that engage in coercive population control.
“For decades, the UNFPA and International Planned Parenthood Federation have worked hand-in-hand with the Chinese population control machine, which is coercive,” she said. “They are funded by many nations, not only in Europe but the world over, including the United States.”
The Obama administration restored approximately $50 million in annual UNFPA funding since 2009. He also rescinded the Mexico City Policy, providing U.S. funding to IPPF.
“I have no doubt that any unbiased investigation by the European Parliament or any other governmental body will reveal that these organizations are complicit with coercive family planning in China,” she added.
Littlejohn said her group has launched a campaign to end gendercide and forced abortion in China. The WRWF’s “Save a Girl” campaign has been endorsed by the It’s a Girl filmmakers, who are promoting it as their official “Action Plan” for China.
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