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Last November, China made significant changes...

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In 2004 I happened upon a snippet of an article which spoke of ekthesis, the word for infant exposure in Greek antiquity. I was dumbfounded to learn that girls were still being left in the elements to die, just because they were female. Today we use the term gendercide.

 

Having learned of the modern practice, my rage looked for a place to turn. The release came through my writing craft. What if I could create a fictional story illustrating a society practicing gendercide? What if that story could raise awareness and sympathy, and ultimately action against the atrocity? About that time, my youngest daughter came home from her college cultural anthropology class and shared that there have...

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Last week marked the start of the Chinese New Year, a time of joy and celebration for the Chinese people. Most people are enjoying the company of friends and family on this happy holiday, but there are some who are spending this time imprisoned, in pain, and secluded from their loved ones. Who are these people? They are the thousands of victims of human trafficking in China.

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Many new and expectant mothers make numerous decisions on a daily basis. Mothers often ask themselves questions such as, “Will I choose to have my child at home or in a hospital?” “Will I need to sell that table to make room for the new crib?” “Should I tell my parents what names I’m considering for the baby, or should I keep it a surprise?”

 

For Xiao Pan, single Chinese mother of a now four-year-old boy, these questions were dramatically...

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SHAANXI, China -- A Chinese doctor was sentenced to death on January 14 for selling seven newborns to child traffickers. The death sentence came with a reprieve, which reduces the punishment to life imprisonment if the convicted person does not commit further crimes during a two-year grace period.

 

Zhang Shuxia, an obstetrician in China’s Shaanxi Province, deceived parents into believing that their...

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HANDAN, Hebei, China -- 45-year-old farmer Ai Guangdong ended his life on December 4th to pay for China’s One-Child Policy fines.

 

Ai, father of five, made around 5,000 yuan ($823) a year mainly by growing corn. When Ai had his second daughter in 2003, family planning authorities charged him 7,000 yuan ($1,153) for violating the One-Child Policy, a sum he was unable to afford. After his third child was born,...

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Although more than a week has passed since China put forth its newly tweaked One-Child Policy, echoes of this recent event continue to resonate across the media. Scholars, officials, and citizens in China and beyond have all come to speculate on what a revised family planning policy would mean to the world’s most populous nation.

 

In a practical sense, it means that families in which one...

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One-Child Policy Must Be Abolished, Not Merely Tweaked

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BEIJING, China – The Chinese government announced this week at its Third Plenum that it will “fine-tune” its One-Child Policy, a coercive birth planning policy that has been in place for over 33 years.  The changes will allow couples to have two children if one of the parents is an only child.  All Girls Allowed welcomes the news of the policy’s relaxation, but expresses disappointment that the Chinese government has not gone the logical and compassionate...

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HONG KONG, China -- In an ironic twist, Hong Kong is considering a so-called "More-Children Policy".  According to Shanghaiist.com, Hong Kong's Steering Committee on Population Policy is considering giving cash handouts and tax rebates to families that choose to have more children.  Other proposals include tax incentives to employers to provide childcare for their employees, paid leave for parents to regularly visit their children's schools, and greater access to assisted reproductive treatments.  

 

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BOSTON, Massachusetts, USA -- Wednesday, September 25th, marks the 33rd anniversary of China's One-Child Policy, a policy that has taken the lives of countless individuals and torn apart the fabric of Chinese society.  All Girls Allowed is calling on followers of Jesus all around the world to commit this day to the Lord through prayer and fasting, asking him to swiftly bring an end to the twin evils of gendercide and coercive family planning.

 

Under the One-Child Policy, nearly two-thirds of Chinese couples (more than 900 million people) are allowed to have only one child, provided that they have already been legally married.  The toll on life has been...