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June 8, 2011 (—You are funding forced abortions in China. So am I. 

Not only elective abortions. Forced abortions. It doesn’t matter whether you are pro-life or pro-choice on this issue. No one can support forced abortion, because it is not a choice.

What do I mean by “forced abortions?” Here’s a short video about a young, Chinese woman who was dragged off the street, strapped to a table and forced to abort at seven months. You can read many more accounts of forced abortion, forced sterilization and infanticide under China’s brutal One Child Policy here.

According to the Congressional-Executive Commission on China report, released on October 10, 2010, violators of China’s One Child Policy continue to be victims of “forced sterilization, forced abortion, arbitrary detention, and other abuses.” 

The One Child Policy has also led to many other serious human rights violations. I’ll name just three:

Gendercide. Because of the traditional preference for boys, girls are disproportionately subject to abortion, abandonment and infanticide

Sexual Slavery. There are now an estimated 37 million more males than females living in China today. This severe gender imbalance is a powerful, driving force behind trafficking in women and sexual slavery from nations surrounding China.

Female Suicide. According to the World Health Organization, China has the highest female suicide rate of any country in the world. Approximately 500 Chinese women end their lives each day. Could this extraordinary suicide rate be related to the trauma of enduring a forced abortion or forced sterilization?
How does this affect us? Through UNFPA, we are helping finance the infrastructure used in coercive family planning in China. In 2001, the US stopped funding UNFPA on the basis that it is complicit in coercive family planning in China. In 2008, the US State Department reaffirmed that assessment, yet we restored funding in 2009. 

Just last week, U.S. citizens voted to cut UNFPA funding under the new YOUCUT program.  Because of this vote, Rep. Renee Ellmers will introduce legislation to cut UNFPA, saving $400 million over the next ten years. The bill still needs to pass through committee and be passed by the House to become effective, so you still have time to contact your representative about it. 

To sign an international petition against forced abortion and sexual slavery in China, click here.