After China Bans Late-Term Forced Abortion, New Evidence Suggests Tide is Turning on One-Child Policy
“My justice will become a light to the nations.”—Isaiah 51:4
Over three decades ago today, China’s government declared the beginning of the One-Child Policy, a brutal policy of forced and coerced abortions. Today, based on new evidence from China, we have reason to believe that God is bringing about an end to this horrific policy. God is honoring the faithful prayers and diligent efforts of his people to bring life, value and dignity to mothers in China. We would like to begin by first thanking our co-laborers in this challenging work of ending forced abortion in China. We are grateful for the tireless efforts of Reggie Littlejohn (Women’s Rights Without Frontiers), Steven Mosher (Population Research Institute), Bob Fu (ChinaAid Association) and countless others who chose to remain anonymous at this time. We especially thank Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ) for battling this brutal policy for over 30 years since he entered office in U.S. Congress.
1) We Are Witnessing History
We are aware that some have questioned whether the latest statements by the Chinese government can be trusted, and whether there will be any real change on the ground. We believe that, just as the fall of the Berlin Wall ushered in the end of the Soviet era, so also the following developments are pointing to the fall of the great wall that has been the One-Child Policy. First, following prayers of repentance across China’s churches in May 2012, blind activist Chen Guangcheng, who had been under house arrest for years for helping forced abortion victims, miraculously escaped to freedom. Then, news of the forced abortion of Feng Jianmei’s 7-month child exploded into domestic and international media, bringing an internal and external backlash against the One-Child Policy never before seen. Thanks to intense media scrutiny, Cao Ruyi was able to keep her child and is expected to give birth in the next month. But God did not stop there! He has been faithful to his promise to end the One-Child Policy this year, as prophesied by Cindy Jacobs at the Call2All conference in December 2011. Read on to find out just how the Lord Jesus is fulfilling his promise to bring an end to this evil policy.
2) Provinces Representing 87% of China Declare Bans on Late-Term Forced Abortions
This summer, China’s National Family Planning Commission made an unprecedented action. In a July 19th speech at the National Family Planning Commission’s semi-annual meeting, Chairman Wang Xia ordered officials to “absolutely stop late-term abortions” and to “guide people to do family planning voluntarily” (emphasis added). In less than three months, 23 of China’s 31 provinces also declared a ban on late-term forced abortions through their websites, some publishing multiple statements. Some of these provincial announcements have gone further, calling to “absolutely abolish” late-term abortions. These 23 provinces represent 87.52% of the population of China! In the past, statements had been made dismissing forced abortion in China (such as President Hu Jintao’s denial of any forced abortion policy); vague legal language existed calling officials to “enforce the [family planning] law in a civil manner”; and a brief mention of stopping late-term forced abortions had been published on the National Family Planning website in 2009. However, we believe that this summer’s bans on late-term forced abortions by the vast majority of provincial governments representing such a large swath of the Chinese population—all issued in such a swift manner—is a sign that we are witnessing the beginning of the end of the One-Child Policy. In fact, the silence on early and mid-term forced abortion—the lack of any directive to continue them—leads us to believe that the Chinese government is ordering an end to all forced abortions.
To ensure that the Chinese government is true to its word, All Girls Allowed’s Case Team, which investigates reports of forced abortion, has continued to patrol the internet for any new reports. Despite having found dozens of reports of forced abortions pre-July, our Case Team has not found a single report of forced abortion since July. Some skeptics of the ban have referred to recently discovered forced abortion cases, but all of these forced abortions took place before the July 22nd mandate and no evidence has emerged of any new cases of forced abortion. Rest assured, All Girls Allowed will continue to do all that we can—by God’s Spirit—to defend mothers in danger of forced abortion, as well as to help those who have already been victimized. We will continue to keep the Chinese government accountable to their commitment to ending late-term forced abortions, as we did last month by filing a complaint to the United Nations. Additionally, we remain committed to ending coerced abortion, where a family has little choice but to submit to an abortion in face of huge fines, threats of job loss, or imprisonment. Until the One-Child Policy comes to a complete end, we will not rest in this critical work for God’s kingdom.
[Click here to view All Girls Allowed’s report of all the provinces that have adopted the language to ban late-term forced abortions, and see the graphic above for a complete map.]
3) Unprecedented Popular Outcry Against One-Child Policy
Thankfully, we are not the only ones who will keep the Chinese government accountable for its statements. In addition to the activists listed above, the Lord has raised up an army of peacekeepers who will no longer stand for the injustice of forced abortion:
- Despite the government’s zero-tolerance for dissent, a group ofgovernment-affiliated scholars issued a statement calling for a “rethink” of the One-Child Policy, arguing that the policy was incompatible with China’s increasing respect for human rights. A statement this public by such prominent scholars is deeply encouraging!
- Millions of Weibo (Chinese Twitter) users spoke out against the policy as well, calling for its end. Here are some examples:
- “The one-child policy is evil in substance. In all of [the governments in] human history, only the Chinese government decides how many children can be born. The government stretches its hands into women’s uteruses in the name of the law and behaves like a hooligan in the name of righteousness.” —Lawyer Zhang Kai from Beijing
- “Let me ask a question. Did every family really receive happiness during the 30 years of the One-Child Policy? No! We lost the freedom of giving birth and we received pain. Will our sacrifice lead to a better future? No! We will receive a worse future. The only so-called ‘gain’ is that those officials gained the pleasant sensation of becoming rich overnight through the foolish policy. In the end, we will be the losers.” —Jianxin Li, Professor of Sociology at Beijing University
- Our workers in China have confirmed that everyone has been talking about forced abortion and the One-Child Policy. Never before had the policy been a part of national public debate.
- The international press has begun to put greater pressure on the One-Child Policy, such as this past week’s BBC video report that poses the question: “China's incoming new Communist Party leaders face a difficult question—has the time come to end the one child policy?”
It is hard to express how remarkable this public debate is, after decades of fear-induced silence. We are praising God for it—for he is accomplishing his will in China.
4) Faith to Pray China into the Promised Land
We acknowledge that it requires great faith to believe that the Chinese government would overturn a three-decades-old policy. At this time, we look to the Scriptures, which tell us: “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6) Chai Ling, Founder of All Girls Allowed, adds: “Recently, I was encouraged by the Scripture that I heard at church from 1 Thessalonians 5:19-22: ‘Do not put out the Spirit’s fire; do not treat prophecies with contempt. Test everything. Hold on to the good. Avoid every kind of evil.’ As I was being challenged by my pastor, I realized that it is our responsibility to spur each other on to greater faith in the Spirit!”
While it seems unbelievable that the One-Child Policy might end, our God is greater and true to his promises. Thousands of years ago, the people of Israel faced the same choice when given a daunting report about the Promised Land and its people. At this critical stage in Israel’s history, Joshua and Caleb had faith to believe, “If the LORD is pleased with us, he will lead us into that land, a land flowing with milk and honey, and will give it to us.” (Numbers 14:8) God fulfilled that promise to Israel in the Scriptures, and he also brought about a similar great victory in our own lifetime. In 1996, South Korea ended its decades-old forced abortion policy through the prayers of his people. It has been done before, and it will be done again! Please join us in solidarity to pray China into God’s Promised Land, not only praying for the One-Child Policy to become a thing of yesterday, but also praying for China to embrace God’s new blessings as they fulfill the mandate of all mankind: “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it.” (Genesis 1:28)
by Kat Lewis, All Girls Allowed
 See September 25, 2012 report: http://www.allgirlsallowed.org/sites/default/files/Chinese%20Provinces%20Banning%20Late-Term%20Forced%20Abortion.pdf
 Hvistendahl, Mara. “Unnatural Selection: Choosing Boys Over Girls, and the Consequences of A World Full of Men.” New York, NY: PublicAffairs, 2011. pp.131-133.
IMAGE: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters
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