Chai Ling’s Response to Chinese Government’s Apology for Forced Abortion of Feng Jianmei

Today, the Chinese government apologized for the merciless forced abortion of the baby of Feng Jianmei, 7-months pregnant.  To show they really meant it, they also reprimanded the Family Planning officials who carried out the forced abortion.

 

 

While this is a step in the right direction, it is foolish for the Chinese government to believe that this is nearly sufficient to make up for the 35,000 forced and coerced abortions every day under the brutal One-Child Policy, which they boast has claimed 400 million lives in the past three decades.

 

For one, Cao Ruyi, another woman who is 5-months pregnant, is still under threat of forced abortion in Changsha, Hunan. She has until tomorrow to decide between a “voluntary abortion” or paying a fine of several years’ salary. Will the Chinese government apologize to her after it happens?

 

What about Mei Shunping, who testified before Congress last monthabout how the government forced 5 abortions upon her that devastated her health and destroyed her marriage?  Or what about the thousands of victims of forced abortions and sterilizations that Chen Guangcheng, the blind activist lawyer, represented? When will they receive their apology?

 

In January 2011, President Hu Jintao responded to allegations by stating that there is no policy of forced abortions in China. Now is the time for China to abolish the cruel and unnecessary One-Child Policy. With heightened media attention and growing evidence of forced abortion, China’s government can no longer hide the truth.  Instead of trying to cover up case after case, they should simply end the policy.

 

We must respond to the tragedy with the hope that can be found only in Jesus, who came to “proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” (Luke 4:18-19)  We declare, in the name of this same Jesus, that the time has come for healing for the women who have been violated under the One-Child Policy, and for repentance for those who have carried out these grave injustices.

 

by Kat Lewis, All Girls Allowed




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