Friday, May 4, 2012

China's war on baby girls isn't over

In light of the all the news surround Chen Guangcheng and his pleas to be allowed to leave China after being imprisoned for exposing the prevalence of forced abortion, Jing Zhang, president of Women's Rights in China discusses China's continuing war on baby girls.
Since Chen Guangcheng's escape, the high-profile persecution initiated by the Susong Family Planning Commission has created panic among benefiting families and their communities. Many lives are directly threatened. Government agents have announced that any family with an "illegal" birth will face a fine of 50,000 yuan ($7,700, about ten times China's annual per capita income). Any woman found to be pregnant "illegally" — without a birth permit — will face a forced abortion.

Family Planning agents have also threatened to take action against volunteers and employees of the Infant Assistance Program if they do not cooperate with the authorities by turning over all material related to the program.

In the 30 years of the brutal one-child policy, hundreds of millions of infants have been killed. This has led to serious social problems that are now obvious — not only the gender imbalance but also the aging of the general population. Regardless, the PRC government forges ahead with its notoriously inhumane policy.