‘Killers in white’: Congress hears heart-rending testimony of China’s one-child policy
WASHINGTON, D.C., July 9, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) – “China’s one-child policy constitutes the longest-running and most far-reaching violation of human rights the world has ever seen,” Steven Mosher, the president of Population Research Institute, told a Congressional hearing this afternoon. Before the event was over, the chamber got to see the face of but one victim of the thousands of forced abortions Chinese officials perform everyday while carrying out Beijing’s one-child policy.
Guo Yanling was kidnapped by Chinese Family Planning Commission workers in 1995 while she was nearly eight months pregnant with her third child. Frightened villagers ignored her cries for help as she was pushed into a van, gagged, and driven to the Second People’s Hospital of Nanning. There, she said, she was held down by “killers in white.”
“After the person in white pressed my belly with her hands and felt the position of my baby’s head, she stuck a big, long, fatal needle deep into my abdomen,” she told the panel. Her child’s body was placed in a plastic bag near her, allowing her to see that she had been expecting a boy. After being told to stop fussing, she eventually gained the strength to walk out of her room.
She watched the doctors who stealthily moved from room to room, quickly performing an abortion, then “leaving immediately after each killing.”
As she left the hospital Yanling, who is a Christian, saw “a big basket full of the bodies of dead newborns and trash.”
Her testimony gave the House Committee on Foreign Affairs a human face to match the countless, anonymous women abused by the nation’s family planning system.
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Bob Fu, president of ChinaAid, told the committee Yanling’s story , although tragic, was anything but unusual.
Fu and Reggie Littlejohn of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers reminded the House of the recent stories of Cao Ruyi, who was released after international pressure but remains in danger; Feng Jianmei, who is still being kept in a hospital “prison” after her full-term baby was forcibly aborted; Hu Xia, forcibly aborted at nearly eight months; and Zhang Weng Fang, who went public with her own 2008 forced abortion and sterilization to assure “no more families ever have to go through what I have been through.”
Mosher said PRI’s investigative teams visited five provinces in China, logging 80 hours of interview that prove Beijing is lying about its coerced policies. He said minorities – such as the Manchus, Uyghurs, and Tibetans – are not exempt from the one-child policy as the government claims, and family planning officials overseen such abuses as “the abduction and selling of ‘illegal’ children” or threatening to demolish villagers’ homes if they do not pay astronomical fines for having more than one child.
Fines, he said, can run as high as nine times an family’s annual income. In one town posted regulations warn, “couples that already have a second or higher order child shall be sterilized.”
Much of this took place in counties the UN Population Fund deemed models. “UNFPA’s claims that it is a moderating force in China do not accord with the reality of its complicity in coercion,” he said.
Those who testified called on the Obama administration to pressure China to end quotas for abortion, to prosecute the officials responsible for Feng Jianmei’s abortion, not allow population control officials to travel to the United States, hold U.S. corporations with factories in China responsible for cooperating with the brutal regime, and to make sure no U.S. funds help facilitate forced abortion.
They also asked Congress to pass a resolution similar to the one the European Parliament adopted condemning China’s actions.
Littlejohn – who cited LifeSiteNews.com in her Congressional testimony – said, “Whether you are pro-life or pro-choice, no one supports forced abortion, because it is not a choice.”
However, the UNFPA and the International Planned Parenthood Federation “have worked hand-in-hand with the Chinese population control machine,” she said.
While Americans assess what pressure they can bring to bear from without, Bob Fu said China is changing from within. He observed that both Feng Jianmei and her husband are Christians, as are the lawyers representing them.
“In Chinese society, where political corruption and bankrupt moral ethics prevail, the Christian faith is providing strong support to the people’s pursuit of justice and love – and is also giving them the courage to stand up to evil forces,” he said.
Monday’s hearing took place before the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, and Human Rights, which is chaired by Rep. Chris Smith, R-NJ.
Fu said Congressman Smith’s actions “will be remembered in the history of human rights in China and around the world.”
Full testimony is available here.
‘Little miracles’: Mom gives birth to naturally-conceived quintuplets after refusing ‘selective reduction’
AUSTRALIA, February 5, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) -- A 26-year-old Australian mom has given birth to five healthy babies, all conceived naturally, after refusing the doctor’s advice that she must abort three of them in order to give the remaining two a better chance at life.
“After my initial ultrasound I was told I could consider the selection method to give 2 babies the best chance in life,” wrote mom Kim Tucci in a Facebook post last September.
“I watched a YouTube video on the procedure and I cried. I could never do that! Was I selfish for not giving two the chance of 100% survival? All I knew is that I already love them and that every heart beat I heard I connect with them more. For me life starts when a heart starts beating and all I know for sure is that I will do whatever it takes to bring them into this world healthy,” she wrote.
Last Thursday Kim and her husband Vaughn welcomed the five new members into their family — one boy and four girls —increasing the number of their children from 3 to 8. The babies were born at 30 weeks, 10 weeks early, due to insufficient space in Kim’s womb. They weighed on average about 2.5 pounds.
The quintuplets’ story began last March, after Kim and Vaughn had been trying for six months to conceive just one more child for their family. Due to health complications, Kim wondered if she would ever become a mother again.
After what she thought was an extra long cycle, she decided to take a pregnancy test.
“I was feeling tired and a little nauseated and thought I would take a pregnancy test just to get the ‘what if’ out of my head. To my shock and utter excitement it was positive,” she wrote on a Facebook post.
The parents got the shock of their lives when doctors confirmed in an ultrasound examination that there was not one baby, but five.
“After a long wait for the ultrasound we finally went in. The sonographer told me there were multiple gestational sacks, but she could only see a heart beat in two. I was so excited! Twins!”
“I was moved to another machine for a clearer view and had the head doctor come in and double check the findings. She started to count, one, two, three, four, five. Did i hear that correctly? Five? My legs start to shake uncontrollably and all i can do is laugh. The sonographer then told me the term for five is ‘quintuplets,’” Kim wrote.
Even though Kim began to feel stretched to the limit with all those human lives growing inside her, she chose to focus on her babies, and not herself, referring to them as “my five little miracles.”
“It's getting harder as each day passes to push through the pain, every part of my body aches and sleeping is becoming very painful. No amount of pillows are helping support my back and belly. Sometimes I get so upset that I just want to throw my hands up and give in.”
“Sometimes my pelvis becomes so stiff I can barely walk and my hips feel like they are grinding away constantly. I'm finding it hard to eat as I basically have no room left in my stomach, and the way it is positioned it's pushed all the way back with the babies leaning against it.”
“My skin on my belly is so stretched its painful and hot to touch. It literally feels like I have hives! No amount of cream helps relieve the discomfort. I have a lot of stretch marks now. Dealing with such a huge change in my body is hard.”
“Is it all worth it? Yes!!!! I will keep pushing through,” she wrote in one Facebook post days before the babies were born.
The newborns' names are Keith, Ali, Penelope, Tiffany, and Beatrix. They were born at King Edward Memorial Hospital in Subiaco, Western Australia. Mother and babies are reported to be doing well.
UN rights chief tells Catholic countries to legalize abortion over Zika virus: bishops and cardinal react
GENEVA, February 5, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) -- The United Nations, following the lead of international abortion activists, is now urging Latin American countries hit by the mosquito-borne Zika virus to lift restrictions on abortion for pregnant women who have contacted the virus and whose pre-born children may be at risk for birth defects, including having smaller than normal heads.
The UN human rights office said today that it is not enough for South American countries to urge women to postpone pregnancy without also offering them abortion as a final solution.
“How can they ask these women not to become pregnant, but not offer… the possibility to stop their pregnancies?” UN spokeswoman Cecile Pouilly told reporters.
UN human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein said that governments should make available contraception and abortion services.
“Laws and policies that restrict (women’s) access to these services must be urgently reviewed in line with human rights obligations in order to ensure the right to health for all in practice,” he said.
But Brazil’s bishops strongly asserted yesterday that efforts should be made to eradicate the virus, not the people who may be infected by it.
The disease is “no justification whatsoever to promote abortion,” they said in a statement, adding that it is not morally acceptable to promote abortion “in the cases of microcephaly, as, unfortunately, some groups are proposing to the Supreme Federal Court, in a total lack of respect for the gift of life.”
Honduras Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga has also come out strongly against the notion of “therapeutic abortions” as a response to the problem. Unlike Brazil where abortion is legal in the case of rape or health of the mother, abortion remains entirely illegal in Honduras.
“We should never talk about ‘therapeutic’ abortion,” the cardinal said in a homily at a February 3 Mass in Suyap. “Therapeutic abortion doesn’t exist. Therapeutic means curing, and abortion cures nothing. It takes innocent lives,” he said.
While the World Health Organization (WHO) declared an international public health emergency February 1 on account of concerns over the virus, critics have pointed out, however, that not one death as resulted from the virus. Even on WHO’s own website the virus is described in mild terms.
“It causes mild fever and rash. Other symptoms include muscle pain, joint pain, headache, pain behind the eyes and conjunctivitis. Zika virus disease is usually mild, with symptoms lasting only a few days,” the website states. “To date, there have been no reported deaths associated with Zika virus,” it added.
Critics suspect that the crisis is being manipulated to advance an anti-human agenda on the pre-born.
“Is Zika, actually, a hideous virus that threatens to spread uncontrollably across the world creating an army of disabled children with tiny heads and low IQ’s? Or might this be a willful misinterpretation of the scarce data to manipulate public opinion and legislatures?” wrote pro-life critic Mei-Li Garcia earlier this week.
“It becomes very clear that the publicity surrounding this story has a very little to do with medicine and a lot to do with a convenient crisis that is being used by those pushing for the legalization of abortion around the world,” she wrote.
Hillary’s litmus test for Supreme Court picks: They must ‘preserve Roe v. Wade’
DERRY, NH, February 5, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) - Hillary Clinton has a litmus test for Supreme Court nominees - several, in fact. At a Democratic event on Wednesday, Clinton unveiled her criteria in selecting a judge for the nation's highest court.
“I do have a litmus test, I have a bunch of litmus tests," she said.
"We’ve got to make sure to preserve Roe v. Wade, not let it be nibbled away or repealed,” she said.
That echoes her recent call to arms speech before Planned Parenthood last month, when she stated that taxpayers must fund abortion-on-demand in order to uphold the "right" of choice.
“We have to preserve marriage equality,” Clinton said, referring to last summer's Obergefell v. Hodges case, a 5-4 ruling that redefined marriage nationwide. “We have to go further to end discrimination against the LGBT community."
Her views differentiate her from the Republican front runners. Ted Cruz has called the court's marriage ruling "fundamentally illegitimate," and Donald Trump told Fox News Sunday this week that he would "be very strong on putting certain judges on the bench that I think maybe could change things." Marco Rubio has said he won't "concede" the issue to the one-vote majority.
All Republican presidential hopefuls say they are pro-life and will defund Planned Parenthood.
Her husband, Bill Clinton, raised the makeup of the Supreme Court early last month in New Hampshire, saying it receives "almost no attention" as a campaign issue.
On Wednesday, Hillary said "the next president could get as many as three appointments. It’s one of the many reasons why we can’t turn the White House over to the Republicans again.”
Clinton said her judicial appointees must also reverse the Citizens United ruling on campaign finance and oppose a recent decision striking down a portion of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. In 2013's Shelby County v. Holder, justices struck down Section 4(b) of the act, which said that certain states and jurisdictions had to obtain permission from the federal government before changing their voting laws.
At one time, most politicians frowned upon any "litmus test" for judicial nominees, emphasizing the independence of the third branch of government. "I don't believe in litmus tests," Jeb Bush told Chuck Todd last November.
But with the rise of an activist judiciary in the middle of the 20th century, constitutionalists have sought to rein in the power of the bench.