Sunday, May 20, 2012

The other side of China

Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng has arrived in New York to begin a new life in the United States. The self-taught lawyer, Chen Guangcheng has campaigned against forced abortions under China's one-child policy and was jailed for four years in 2006 for disrupting traffic and damaging property. He was placed under house arrest after his release in 2010.

Riveting as news accounts of Chen’s great escape on April 22 may be, what led up to it is fit only for a horror film.

Since 2010, Chen had been subjected to house arrest and beatings and four years in prison before that for exposing inhumane enforcement of China’s One-Child Policy. A self-trained legal advocate, Chen was defending rural farmers and the disabled when he uncovered the government’s widespread forced sterilization and forced abortion.

The whole world knows that China is an emerging giant in world economy and military power. But what is the other side of Chna. To be the world’s powerful country, China does take lots of strategies. One is controlling the population growth.  In the Established in 1978, China’s One-Child Policy has prevented 400 million births, authorities claim. Coupled with a cultural preference for male offspring, the policy has led to massive sex-selection abortion -- or “gendercide” as many call it, citing almost 40 million missing girls.
In China, the reported sex ratio of births is 100 girls for every 118 boys; the natural norm is 100 girls for every 105 boys. In some regions, an estimated 130 boys are born for every 100 girls.

Such extreme imbalance can occur only through extreme manipulation. The regime enforces the One-Child Policy through birth permits (meaning some pregnancies are illegal), cervical exams, fines, forced sterilization and forced abortion. The policy is inhumane and incompatible with freedom.

For instance, to prove female workers of a factory weren’t pregnant; the factory’s female employees had to go to the “birth planning doctor” once a month. Only then would they get paid for their work.

In China, a woman’s body is not her own. It belongs to the state. For the Chinese Communist Party to act as ‘womb police’ and crush the life inside her is a heinous crime against humanity. Such brutal treatment of women shatters lives. China has the world’s highest female suicide rate: 500 per day. Chinese women of childbearing age who take their own lives account for 55 percent of the entire world’s female suicides.

And that’s exactly what Chen sought to expose. His 2005 investigation reported 130,000 forced abortions and sterilizations that year in the city of Linyi alone. Building a case to sue local officials, Chen interviewed women about their harrowing experiences; summaries of 14 of his interviews are posted on the website of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers.

Obviously these strict laws can control population growth but it will destroy the millions of unborn lives. it is time for us to wake up and see population control for what it really is: a serious human-rights abuse. Where are out ethical standards on abortion? China should reconsider these strict laws which force abortion on its citizens. 



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