Christian Bale honors Chen Guangcheng for fighting abortions in China

Encouraging to see the atrocity of China’s one-child forced abortion/sterilization policy spotlighted at a New York social gala….

Press release from Reggie Littlejohn, President, Women’s Rights Without Frontiers:

New York: On Thursday actor Christian Bale presented blind forced abortion opponent Chen Guangcheng with an award at the annual gala of Human Rights First.

In December 2011, while Chen was still in China under house arrest, Bale attempted to visit Chen but was roughed up by thugs, who prevented him from visiting Chen’s village.   Bale said at that time, “What I really wanted to do was shake the man’s hand and say ‘thank you,’ and tell him what an inspiration he is.”

Chen dramatically escaped house arrest and arrived in the United States in May 2012.  The two men met for the first time tonight, when Bale presented Chen with the award.

Bale praised Chen for his bravery and for symbolizing the hopes of the people of China to live in freedom.  Significantly, Bale also highlighted Chen’s fight against forced abortion in China.  Bale stated,

“He [Chen] had exposed a program of forced abortion and sterilization in Shandong.  A program of forced abortion means that women are being dragged from their homes against their will.   They are being forced to have abortions, sometimes late-term – imagine that – with some women reportedly dying in the process.  Now this is true horror.  And in this insane world, this man, Chen, who was helping these women – who was living by some of the most simple, brave and universally admired values – values that we teach our children every day, and helping our fellow man – for this, this man was imprisoned and beaten for over four years.”…

“At the same time,” Littlejohn added, “Christian Bale has become a human rights champion in his own right.  He risked his safety to visit Chen last December.  His attack by Chinese thugs brought visibility to Chen’s case.  This visibility greatly helped the international effort to free Chen.  And Bale is brave to condemn the practice of forced abortion in China.  Women’s Rights Without Frontiers salutes both men.”

Video here:

More from Wall Street Journal:

The annual dinner sponsored by Human Rights First was held at Pier Sixty, Chelsea Piers in New York City and hosted by Meredith Vieira….

The star of the night was Mr. Chen, a self-taught lawyer who has drawn attention to human rights abuses in China, in one case bringing a class action lawsuit against officials in the Shandong Province for brutal enforcement of the one-child policy. Consequently, he and his family have been subjected to torture and imprisonment by the Chinese government.

Mr.  Bale had the honor of introducing Mr. Chen and presenting his award. The actor played a clip from his attempt to visit Mr. Chen in December, during which he brought along members of the press. At the time, Mr. Chen was under house arrest and Mr. Bale and the crew were forcibly turned away. Even though they knew they were unlikely to meet Mr. Chen, Mr. Bale hoped to draw attention to Mr. Chen’s story. Mr. Bale joked that his efforts were successful to some, while others just enjoyed seeing a “stupid actor get roughed up.”

Chen Guangcheng embraced Mr. Bale and was moved to tears when accepting the award.

[Photo via WSJ]

China helps Kenya decrease population

China has joined Kenya’s family planning campaign by donating contraceptives worth Sh4 millions to the Kenyan government….

“We are handing the contraceptives to the ministry of health which will contribute towards achieving aspirations of Vision 2030,” [Minister for Planning Wycliffe Oparanya] said on receiving 5000 contraceptives….

[Oparanya] said that Kenya and China are cooperating in many fields of socio-economic development and that both countries are aware of the challenges of population and development.

“While China is grappling with a large and aging population, Kenya is struggling with a youth and rapidly growing population,” he said.

… [T]he government has set a target of having 52% of all women of reproductive age on contraceptives by the year 2015.

She said that current figure stands at 46% and is one of the factors behind Kenya’s high population growth.

Catholic bishops of Kenya have strongly opposed [the] global initiative… [and] have reminded the Government of Kenya that many countries, which took such decisions, are now regretting with declining populations and nobody to consume or enjoy the much hyped development.

~ All Africa, August 2

[Photo via Bayer]

Photos of forcibly aborted late-term baby in China spark worldwide outrage

On May 30, 20 local Chinese officials dragged 23-yr-old pregnant mother Feng Jianmei from her home and held her three days for a 40,000 yuan ($6250) ransom before killing her seven-month-old baby en utero by lethal injection and delivering her tiny corpse after family failed to come up with the cash.

Feng and her husband Deng Jiayuan had failed to complete the proper paperwork required for rural families to have a second child. They already had a six-yr-old daughter.

On June 11 photographs taken by Feng’s cousin of Feng next to her murdered baby appeared on the Internet, with International outrage ensuing. This video news report alleges the photo itself was posted by Family Planning Officials, perhaps as a “warning” to other families of what happens when families do not comply with the law. According to USA Today:

In years past, Feng’s forced abortion would have happened with little public reaction, but Internet-based social media tools allow individual Chinese to take their stories directly to the people and are forcing the government to address complaints.

As of Thursday, comments on Feng’s abortion neared 1 million on the Twitter-like microblog site Sina Weibo.

According to ABC, all stories mentioning Feng have now been scrubbed in China.

Meanwhile, government authorities, who at first denied any wrong-doing, finally admitted “the abortion was illegal,” according to The Daily Telegraph, which also reported:

“At the hospital they held her down,” said Mr Deng to All Girls Allowed, a Christian organisation in the United States that campaigns against the One Child policy. “They covered her head with a pillowcase. She could not do anything because they were restraining her,” he added. He said his wife had tried to kill herself after the abortion.

Mrs Feng told All Girls Allowed that she could “feel the baby jumping around inside me all the time, but then she went still”….

Chai Ling, of All Girls Allowed, said officials had “launched a campaign of forced abortions”. Li Yuongjiou, of Ankang’s family planning department, told Caixin, a magazine, that the town had missed its targets under the One Child policy for two years, and this year there was an emphasis on stricter enforcement.

According to ABC News, the distraught Feng slit her wrists. MSNBC reported last night that “three officials would be relieved of their duties” in the wake of the murder and that a deputy mayor had apologized to the couple. A lot of good that will do.

The Susan B. Anthony List is calling on President Obama to condemn China’s One-Child forced abortion/sterilization policy and to immediately cut off funding to the United Nations Population Fund, which helps facilitate China’s horrific family planning program. Both Presidents Obama and Clinton reinstated funding to UNFPA after Presidents G.W. Bush and Reagan cut it off. Under Obama’s watch the U.S. has given $145 million to UNFPA, and he has requested another $47 million in his 2012 budget.

But vocal opposition from Obama may be slow to come, since China holds the largest share, 26%, of the United States’ $15.77 trillion debt.

Meanwhile, if any U.S. feminist or abortion groups are outraged by the forced denial of Feng’s “choice,” I can’t find evidence.

[Video HT: LauraLoo]

China’s house of cards: High rate of female suicide linked to one-child policy?

Chinese women did not used to commit suicide at five times the world average, and it’s not normal that suicide is the number-one cause of death for young women in China….

But when asked, nobody knew the root causes. We as an organization felt strongly that it is related to the one-child policy, because we looked at the rate increasing after the policy was established.

~ Tessa Dale of All Girls Allowed, as quoted by One News Now, May 2

[Image via thinkquest.org]

Explosive new evidence of torture, murder, and pillage to be revealed today at House hearing on China’s brutal one-child policy

In the wake of Vice President Joe Biden’s statement last month expressing support for China’s barbaric one-child policy, the House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, and Human Rights will hold a hearing today about the gross human rights violations being committed by the Communist Chinese government in an attempt to forcibly control its population.

The hearing will start at 2p EST and can be watched online. Watch for explosive new information. I’ve received an advance copy of the testimony to be given by Reggie Littlejohn, President of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, and it is heartbreaking and infuriating. How can China be getting away with this as the world stands by?

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Joe Biden’s macabre support of China’s forced abortion/sterilization one-child policy

Vice President Joe Biden is known for his foolish gaffes and inappropriate statements – not positive attributes, particularly in a politician.

But what Biden said in China on August 20 was beyond foolish and inappropriate. It was macabre, it was sick…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ogcvQ8fjIFc&feature=player_embedded[/youtube]

I never thought anyone could match Barack Obama’s penchant for abortion. As you know, he supports abortion to the point of condoning infanticide. But Biden has done that. I now consider Obama and Biden a fully matched pro-abortion pair, the most radically extremist abortion proponents to run America’s executive branch ever…

In context, a soundbite that sounds awful enough standing alone gets even worse:

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Biden to China: “Not second-guessing” one-child policy, it’s just “not sustainable”

Your policy has been one which I fully understand – I’m not second-guessing – of one child per family. The result being that you’re in a position where one wage earner will be taking care of four retired people. Not sustainable.

~ Vice President Joe Biden (pictured above with granddaughter Naomi and US Ambassador to China, Gary Locke), in his speech on USChina relations at Sichuan University, via IIP Digital, August 21

[HT: Drudge Report; photo via Yahoo! News]

Pro-abortion China: Living in the “dark ages” of women’s rights

Make no mistake. China’s One Child Policy is enforced through forced abortion, forced sterilization and infanticide.

Women are dragged out of their homes, strapped to tables, and forced to abort babies they want, up to the 9th month of pregnancy. Women sometimes die during these violent procedures.

The One Child Policy is China’s war on women. Adopting it world wide would hurl women’s rights back to the dark ages.

~ Reggie Littlejohn, president of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, as quoted by Christian Newswire, August 9

[Photo (via WRWF) is of 23-year-old Wang Liping and her 7-month-old aborted child, who was left beside her in a plastic bag after she was forcibly aborted and could not pay the “disposal fee” for the child’s body.]


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