China’s One Child Policy: A Real War on Women

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While the American feminist left devotes its time, money and energy to pushing for taxpayer-funded contraception, claiming the right to call each other “slut,” and ranting about the right’s fictional “War on Women,” there is a real war being waged on one out of every five women and girls in the world–China’s “One Child Policy.” The soul-wrenching reality of this rather bureaucratic-sounding term is a cruelty that is unimaginable to most Americans: forced abortion and sterilization, female infanticide, and a concomitant rise in sexual slavery throughout Asia.

Reggie Littlejohn is a real warrior for women’s rights. The founder and president of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers (WRWF), she has spoken five times before the U.S. Congress, twice at the European Parliament, and at the British and Irish parliaments as well.  She has also briefed the White House, State Department and Vatican about blind Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng and One Child Policy issues.

Ms. Littlejohn has been advocating for the release of Chen, whom she calls “one of the human rights giants of the twenty-first century,” since 2008. Chen became a thorn in China’s side when he began challenging China’s coercive population control policy. He and his wife have been imprisoned and tortured as a result. (For more about Chen and his stand against forced abortion, check out the WRWF’s three-minute video, “Free Chen Guangcheng!”)

Reggie Littlejohn spoke last Saturday at the Commemoration of the 23rd Anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, hosted by the Visual Artists Guild of Los Angeles. At that event she received the “Spirit of Tiananmen” Award. In a presentation that was both disturbing and compelling, she pulled no punches in her condemnation of China’s totalitarian “family planning” cruelty:

The true spirit of the Chinese Communist Party is most clearly seen in the faces of the population control police as they drag women away, beat them, strap them down to tables, and force them to abort babies that they want, up to the ninth month of pregnancy.

In between that presentation and jetting off to Washington D.C., she found time to answer a few questions for FrontPage.

Mark Tapson: What inspired you to get involved in this issue and to establish Women’s Rights Without Frontiers?

Reggie Littlejohn: I’m an attorney and in the mid-’90s I represented Chinese refugees in their cases for political asylum in the United States. My first refugee was forcibly sterilized. A large group of family planning officials literally dragged her screaming and pleading out of her home, strapped her down to a table, and cut through her abdominal wall to tie her tubes without anesthesia. She said the pain was unimaginable. She got a serious infection and after that suffered from chronic abdominal pain, back aches, and migraines.

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  • Fred Dawes

    China has been a kingdom for 5000 yrs, but it is a Realm that has always hated woman, if you look at the history of this kingdom Red or not, its always been a place of total conflict. By the way china is doing its best to do a little colonization act on us and inside all other nation states and when we have a Meltdown here inside the USA It will make a move on our little part of this earth, watch a movie that was made some 70 years ago called "This Good Earth". ITS MAY TELL YOU SOMETHING ABOUT THE PEOPLE OF CHINA.

    • KarshiKhanabad

      There are consequences to China's one-child policy. Principal among them is a shortage of marriageable women, so much so that one hundred million Chinese men may never find wives. There are jokes about the "People's Chinese Bachelor Army" as the world's biggest pool of cannon fodder for the next war. But historically, war is often used to reduce a nation's population of excess males.

  • Gamaliel

    Perhaps the premier fighter against forced abortion in China is Chai Ling see ( Why is there no mention of her in this article.

  • Gene

    A human exists at the instant of conception. Life does not start apart from the hand of God and people are the only living creatures that are in the image of God. The site proves God authored the Bible and if you disagree, then present the evidence and I’ll apologize!

  • oldtimer

    And now there is a law pending to stop this from happening here. If someone saw the need to make a law, it must already be happening.

  • StephenD

    Notice how the policy went from one child only to forced abortion to forced sterilization and finally to infanticide. When the value of human life is disregarded all bets are off. This is no less than what would happen here if the current trends continue. The thought of aborting for anything other than a threat to the mother's life was absurd less than 40 years ago. Now, as we see the headlines, gender selection has made its debut. How long before we go along with infanticide? I tell you the truth; the differences between an infant and a teenager are these:
    1.The infant is smaller
    2.Less developed
    3.More dependent
    4.Less mobile
    These are the EXACT same differences between an infant and a fetus yet we allow for their destruction on a whim. We will pay a price for this utter distain for the sanctity of life but probably not before we plunge to the depths of depravity and join China “for the good of all of us” in controlling the population.

    • fiddler

      Our government's espousing this (one person in particular) needs to be exposed to people. Do you REALLY want four more years???

  • Bob Aseneblad

    I caught this interview with Ms. Littlejohn
    in the 21st century it is unbelievable that people act this way.
    We should be careful so as china becomes a more powerful country they become more like us and not the other way around

  • KKKK

    people should see form Chinas CRUEL "one-child-only" policy that it is awful to condem an incoent life to death before it could see the light of day.

  • fiddler

    As the song says, "There are none so blind, as those who will not see".

  • fiddler

    " I believe that the news media have been reluctant to highlight the fact that Chen Guangcheng was arrested for fighting forced abortion and involuntary sterilization in China. Perhaps they feel that their “pro-choice” positions might be compromised by discussing this issue. This is nonsense. Forced abortion is not a choice!"

    As the song says, "There are none so blind, as those who will not see".

  • Mike

    "Traditional" feminist groups support China's policy because it generates abortions. Western feminists aren't pro-choice, they are pro-abortion. Anything that increases the number of abortions is, to them, by definition good.

    That the abortions are mostly killing girls is irrelevant. It's an abortion. Celebrate.

  • topeka

    "“One Child Policy.” I was absolutely appalled."…

    They always are… when one finally meets up with the Left's business end

    – it's an indescribable life changing event…

  • Tomas

    This article isn't worthy of Frontpagemag. It speaks of the Chinese government as though it enjoys implementing the one child policy, or as though it is compelled by some religious demand, similiar to Muslims following the Koran, to do something counterintuitive and disturbing.
    No where does the author or interviewee explain why China took this drastic step. They have an obligation in a rational publication (which Frontpagemag usually is) to give alternatives to solving problems if they find the present solution unacceptable, but instead we are just fed self-righteous B.S. from a bunch of fingerwaggers who have no intention of solving the real problems at hand. What if China reached 2+ billion people and remained in utter poverty with millions starving? That was the path the Chinese leadership was facing. Would that be more moral?

  • santa

    In an attempt to limit its ever expanding population, china instituted a notoriously restrictive population control policy. This rule permits only one child per family. The government employs a combination of social pressure, propaganda and, at times, duress to achieve this goal. Thanks.