Posts Tagged ‘China’

“It’s a Girl”

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013
CWA's Alison Howard speaks at the House Triangle before the coalition delivers hundreds of thousands of petitions to the Chinese Embassy.

CWA’s Alison Howard speaks at the House Triangle before the coalition delivers hundreds of thousands of petitions to the Chinese Embassy.

What if I told you there were millions of girls who were never given a chance to “lean in”? … Left out of the conversation. … Not invited to the table.  What if I told you they were systematically being eliminated not only from the workforce but from life itself?

I didn’t believe it either, until a friend pointed me to a movie that sounds about as “girly” as one can get.  “It’s a Girl.”  Those are words usually met with joyous applause, right?  Wrong.  It’s a Girl is a film documenting how, in many parts of our world, those three words are a death sentence.

Concerned Women for America is made up of over 500,000 members, many of whom were shocked to hear — like you will be — that there are over 160 million missing girls in this world, missing just because they were born female.  It is a sad reality, but in India, China, and many other parts of the world, girls are killed, aborted, and abandoned simply because they are girls.  The United Nations estimates that as many as 200 million girls are missing in the world today because of “gendercide,” the deliberate extermination of girls in favor of boys.  This is the true “war on women” — a long war, rooted in centuries-old tradition and sustained by cultural and government policies that value little boys over little girls.

But thanks to the efforts of a coalition against gendercide, especially that of the newly released It’s a Girl movie and movement, we are no longer uninformed and unaware.

Did you know that India and China kill more females every year than the number of girls born in the U.S in a year?  China also has the highest female suicide rate in the world, with over 500 women ending their lives every day in China according to the World Health Organization.  We have a real human rights problem and are seeing the systematic elimination of women and girls. Concerned Women for America has and will call discrimination out when we see it.  And if we do not join hands on this devastating issue and condemn the sex-selective practices in this world, we will fail future generations of mothers, sisters, teachers, doctors, and leaders.

It is because of this gendercide that we see, in countries like China and India, an unnatural ratio of men to women.  There are 37 million more men than women in each of these countries today, leading to devastating societal consequences.

You can easily see how a rising population of frustrated single men spells trouble.  We’ve seen an increase in the horrors of sex trafficking, forced marriages, and the kidnapping of women.  This is all very, very real for women across those countries.

This is not a Left or Right issue; this is common ground.  Even Hillary Clinton lamented the practice of sex selection in China and India.  All of the talk of reaching across  the aisle for positive change in this world can start right here on this issue.  On Tuesday, April 23, members of Congress, led by Reps. Chris Smith (R-New Jersey) and Jim McDermott (D-Washington) joined with the Coalition Against Gendercide to highlight this tragedy by screening It’s a Girl.

On April 24, I had the honor of speaking at the House Triangle before the coalition delivered hundreds of thousands of petitions addressed to China to the front door of the Chinese Embassy (petitions which the Chinese Embassy refused to receive, by the way).

So how can a girl “lean in” if she can’t even get out?  Protecting a girl in the womb and at birth is the first chance at giving her a fighting chance in this world.  Today, I challenge you to be a voice for those who cannot speak for themselves.  The film, It’s a Girl, is a great tool to help people understand why those are the three deadliest words to hear in many places today.

Encourage everyone you know to see it, and then take action to end this horrific practice.

“It’s a Girl” Movie Trailer

Communist China’s Soft Side?

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

Caution! Do not be fooled by rumors that China is softening its one-child policy. It’s not. According to People’s Daily, the Chinese communist party newspaper, China plans to soften its one-child policy slogans. Sadly, China has no plans to change its one-child policy. The communist party has merely instructed China’s National Population and Family Planning Commission to work to evoke “gentle reminders,” such as “Caring for the girl means caring for the future of the nation,” instead of what I call repulsive propaganda.

Thanks to BBC, we know that the despicable slogans currently circulating, especially in rural areas, include:

“Kill all your family if you don’t follow the rule.”

“We would rather scrape your womb than allow you to have a second child!”

“If you don’t receive the tubal ligation surgery by the deadline, your house will be demolished!”

“If you escape [sterilization], we’ll hunt you down; if you want to hang yourself, we’ll give you the rope.”

These slogans are beyond terrifying, which has been their point. Can you imagine the uproar in the United States if propaganda like this was scattered throughout our small towns? I imagine the depths of the underworld would have to freeze over first.

But sadly, for China’s younger generations these disgusting mantras are not upsetting. Right now, Concerned Women for America is hosting a beautiful and bright student intern from Shanghai. Though our intern holds all life to be precious, these slogans encouraging the one-child policy are unsurprising to her because she has witnessed firsthand the communist regime’s efforts to decrease its population. She took time to explain the perspective of her fellow countrymen. You won’t like what you read.

She explained that China’s government has taken drastic measures to fool its citizens. The communist government has intentionally made its cost of living, childcare costs, tuition fees, and even formula prices so expensive that families feel they cannot afford to have more children. China has worked hard to make its policy seem reasonable, even humane (much like the methods used by pro-abortion activists).  Sadly, so many Chinese citizens are being convinced that their country cannot sustain more people – that is, until they reach their golden years.

Older generations in China grow to regret not having more children. Once they grow old, parents realize they would have had more than one child to love, support, and care for them. Unfortunately, by this time, it is too late.

We must pray that this vicious cycle in China ends soon.

U.S. Funding and China’s Forced Abortions

Friday, February 18th, 2011

The United Nations Population Fund + $55 million = … well … check out the links in the story below.

If Americans do not want to pay for the elective abortions of fellow citizens, they’ll be appalled to learn we’re paying for forced abortions — in China.  And yet, liberal members of Congress — shamefully led by women — peddle the line that the organization responsible for creating China’s one-child policy, and continues its work in China, promotes “voluntary” abortions.

The UNFPA (United Nations Population Fund) is scheduled to get $55 million in federal funding.  Just what do they do?

Listen to Rep. Chris Smith (R-New Jersey) to learn where your money is going.  Then send it to others.

Here’s the transcript to use this information in letters, school reports, speeches, and water-cooler conversations.  Few people have Rep. Smith’s knowledge and passion — but we can spread his.

China’s President Dined While Christians and Unborn Suffer

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

Chinese President Hu Jintao

As I’m typing this, White House staffers are busy setting out Mrs. Obama’s finest china, polishing the presidential silverware, and arranging fancy table decorations.

This evening, the President and Mrs. Obama will host a black-tie state dinner for Chinese President Hu Jintao and are reportedly prepared to woo the leader with promises of raising China’s profile in the global economy.  This comes on the heels of comments by Mr. Hu slamming the current international monetary system, in which the U.S. dollar is the main actor, as “the product of the past.”

While President Bush only held a lunch for the Chinese President in 2006 to signal American disapproval of China’s human rights record, President Obama is throwing a fancy dinner party.  In terms of protocol, which is highly regarded in Chinese culture, this dinner is a sign of great honor to Mr. Hu. But along with him comes his country’s record of forced abortions and persecution of Christians.

China continues to enforce a brutal one-child policy, under which women are often forced to undergo abortions — even into the last days of a pregnancy — or forced sterilization.  There are numerous stories of women being dragged off to clinics or their family members being jailed and tortured until the women agree to abort their children.  Family planning officials continuously monitor whether or not women are taking birth control and whether or not they try to have a second child.

While Christianity is spreading in China, it remains part of an underground network that must escape daily persecution by the government.  House churches meet in secret, and believers must remain cautious and vigilant to avoid imprisonment or worse.  The Gospel is spreading throughout China, making the government even more determined to squash its growth.

It is reprehensible to think that the U.S. government, to ensure continued Chinese financial favor, is willing to sweep the abhorrent issues of forced abortion and religious persecution under the red carpet.