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One-Child Policy Still a Massive Threat to Women, Expert Warns

John Perivolaris

Elise Harris - Catholic News Agency - published on 09/26/13 - updated on 06/07/17

When the informants catch a woman, Littlejohn said, China’s Family Planning Police come “in the middle of the night, grabbing women out of their beds, strapping them down to tables and forcing them to abort babies they want up to the ninth month of pregnancy.”

“That is a form of violence against women, its official government rape in my opinion, and it’s a way of terrorizing the entire population.”

Littlejohn emphasized the need to raise awareness about the one-child policy, pointing to the resources on her group’s website as a place to start. The video, “Stop Forced Abortion: China’s War Against Women,” gives a short, but good introduction that can easily be shared on social media to help spread information, she said.

She also suggested her organization’s “Save a Girl” campaign, which offers a monthly stipend for a year to mothers who are considering aborting their babies, simply because they are girls, as a way to give assistance.

After being offered the stipend, in “ninety-five percent of the cases, women choose to keep their daughters,” Littlejohn noted.

“Whenever I feel sort of frustrated about the enormity of ending forced-abortion in China,” she said, “I’ve got this binder of all these beautiful faces of these baby girls that we’re saving.”

“We’re ending gendercide, we’re ending forced abortion one baby at a time.”

Originally published by Catholic News Agency on 25 September 2013.

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