European parliament passes resolution strongly condemning forced abortion in China

The resolution also acknowledges that the EU funds "family planning" in China, and urges an examination of that funding.
By Kathleen Gilbert

By Kathleen Gilbert

July 5, 2012 ( - The European Parliament has adopted a resolution strongly condemning forced abortions and sterilizations under China’s one-child policy, including the recent forced abortion at seven months of a woman in Shaanxi Province, reported Women’s Rights Without Frontiers (WRWF) Thursday.

The resolution, 2012/2712 (RSP), “strongly condemns the decision to force Ms Feng [Jianmei] to have an abortion and condemns the practice of forced abortions and sterilizations globally, especially in the context of the one child policy.” 

The resolution further states that “the EU has provided, and still provides, funds for organizations involved in family planning policies in China,” and “urges the Commission to ensure that its funding of projects does not breach” the European Parliament’s commitment against coercive population control.

Reggie Littlejohn, President of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, welcomed the resolution with high praise. “I have twice addressed the European Parliament on the One Child Policy, and I know how passionate the MEPs are, both from the pro-life and the pro-choice perspectives,” said Littlejohn in a statement.


“The fact that these forces were able to join together to condemn forced abortion is a masterpiece of coalition building.  As my message has been from the beginning, whether you are pro-life or pro-choice, no one supports forced abortion, because it is not a choice.”

Littlejohn also lauded the European Parliament’s acknowledgement that it provides funding for family planning in China, and its decision to investigate whether this funding might be associated with coercion.  “The UNFPA and International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) work hand in hand with the Chinese population control machine, which is coercive,” she said. “I have no doubt that the investigation by the European Parliament will reveal that these organizations are complicit with forced abortion in China.”

Following an international uproar last month over the image of Feng Jianmei lying beside the body of her baby, whom Chinese officials had aborted at seven months, conservative leaders in America urged President Obama without success to condemn forced abortion.

Littlejohn said she hoped the resolution “will serve as a model for governments all over the world to join the outcry against forced abortion in China, and to stop funding it.”

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