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Submitted by admin on 16:24 pm - Wednesday, January 16, 2013
PETITION: Deny U.S. Entry to Enforcers of China's One-Child Policy
Support the China Democracy Promotion Act of 2011 (H.R.2121)
Dear President Obama, Secretary Clinton and Members of Congress,
I am writing to ask you to take active measures to bring an end to China's One-Child Policy. Over thirty years ago, China began implementing its current family planning policy (also known as the One-Child Policy), under which most Chinese couples are only allowed to have one child. The result has been devastating, leading to violations of reproductive rights, infant abandonment and child trafficking. Enforcement of the policy has been ruthless and unforgiving, and many women and children have lost their lives—all for the crime of wanting a child. As a free American, I am outraged at these injustices and saddened that more attention has not been given to them.
In addition to being an issue of fundamental human rights, the One-Child Policy has been directly linked with the gendercide of girls—the systematic elimination of girls—which is leading to a growing gender imbalance. In 2007, the Chinese government reported that there were 37 million more men than women in China. Each year, the gap widens. This growing gender imbalance has already led to a near doubling of China’s crime rate over the last two decades; historically, countries with excess men have had increased social unrest and more aggressive foreign policies. Additionally, excess men significantly disrupt spending patterns and are one of the main drivers of our trade deficit with China.
There is no evidence that enforcement of the One-Child Policy is abating. To the contrary, on the 30th Anniversary of the policy on September 25th, 2010, the leader of the National Population and Family Planning Commission announced that China “will stick to the family-planning policy in the coming decades.” Other countries have begun to implement similar family planning policies in recent years, and so it has become all the more imperative that we act now.
Since its founding, the United States has been a champion of freedom throughout the world. I applaud you for the ways in which you have built on that legacy, and ask that you would continue to call for freedom around the world. In light of the above, I strongly urge you to:
Vote for and sign into law the “China Democracy Promotion Act of 2011” (H.R 2121), which would give the President authority to deny entry into the U.S. of Chinese officials and individuals who participate in human rights abuses, including China’s coercive birth limitation policy.
I call on you as my representatives in government to do all that is in your power to bring an end to China’s inhumane policy. The “China Democracy Promotion Act of 2011” is the right step forward, doing what is within our power to call China to account. By voting for and signing the bill, you will begin to restore to Chinese girls and mothers the life, value and dignity that all American girls and mothers enjoy. Thank you very much for your attention.