BOSTON, MA -- As International Women’s Day approaches on Saturday March 8th, Chai Ling and All Girls Allowed urge global focus on China’s One-Child Policy and a swift end to the 34-year-old family planning law. International Women’s Day is defined as a time to “celebrate the social, political and economic achievements of women while focusing world attention on areas requiring further action.” One of these “areas requiring further action” is China--where women’s rights violations occur every day due to the oppressive One-Child Policy.
The One-Child Policy, implemented in 1980, has brought disastrous consequences to mothers and daughters in China. The government’s outlawing of multiple children, combined with a cultural preference for boys, has resulted in the systematic elimination of girls by means of sex-selective abortion, female infanticide, child abandonment, and other forms of gendercide. One out of every six baby girls is lost to abortion, which in turn leads to China’s massive gender imbalance of 40 million extra men. Additionally, many mothers are forced to undergo abortions, sterilizations, and mandatory birth control—processes that are not only dangerous but also dehumanizing. Women essentially have no control over their own reproductive rights.
All Girls Allowed welcomes several improvements made by the Chinese government in the past few years. In July 2012, China officially banned late-term forced abortions. In March 2013, China merged the infamous National Family Planning Commission with the Ministry of Health. In November 2013, China relaxed its One-Child Policy to allow parents to have two children if one of the parents is an only child. On Feb 17, 2014, a statement from China Daily, a government-supported newspaper, conveyed a 180-degree attitude change towards the One-Child Policy: “For businesses and economies around the globe, Chinese babies and balance sheets have become inextricably linked.” These changes are necessary steps towards ending the One-Child Policy and protecting unborn babies.
However, many atrocities continue in China because the One-Child Policy dictates how many children parents may have, whether or not women use birth control, and often whether a mother’s unborn baby lives or dies. Recently, famous movie director Zhang Yimou was fined $1.2 million for three “over-quota” children, an enormous amount not only for the poor, but also for the very rich! Despite the government’s recent plans to push forth the Two-Child Policy, such a slight improvement offers no help to pregnant unmarried women; each year, more than 6 million of them feel they have no choice but to abort their babies.
The theme of International Women’s Day 2014 is “Inspiring Change”. In honor of this, Chai Ling and All Girls Allowed are calling for a swift end to the One-Child Policy in order to create fundamental positive change for women in China.
It is crucial to highlight this issue now, not only because it is International Women’s Day, but also because the Chinese National People’s Congress is currently meeting to discuss legal, political, and economic matters for the country. Despite all the freedom and material wealth America has, its birth rate is only 1.89, compared to China’s birth rate of 1.54. We urge China to confront its unjust family planning policies now with truth and honesty, to dismiss any illusion that terminating the One-Child Policy would lead to uncontrolled population growth and negative impacts on the nation, and to swiftly end the massive oppression against women done in the name of population control.
China’s current development bears much similarity to the ancient kingdom of Nebuchadnezzar. In love and sincerity, we urge the leaders of China to heed the powerful plea made by Daniel in the Scripture: “Therefore, O king, may my advice be pleasing to you: break away now from your sins by doing righteousness and from your iniquities by showing mercy to the poor, in case there may be a prolonging of your prosperity.” (Daniel 4:27)
All Girls Allowed (www.allgirlsallowed.org) was founded in 2010 with a mission to display the love of Jesus by restoring life, value and dignity to girls and mothers in China and revealing the injustice of the One-Child Policy. "In Jesus' Name, Simply Love Her."