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.