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The Brutal Reality of China’s One Child Policy (Graphic Photo Warning)

While 37-year old and five month pregnant Cao Ruyi has been allowed to return home due to the global public outcry against family planning officials of Changsha city, a U.S. based human rights group Women’s Rights Without Frontiers is reporting that another young woman, 7-months pregnant with her second child, received a forced abortion in the Ankang City of  Zhenpin County.

Like Cao, Feng Jianmei was taken from her home by a dozen family planning officials while her husband was at work. China-based human rights organization 64Tianwang reported that after not being able to pay an exorbitant fine Feng’s unborn child was forcibly aborted and the baby was placed beside her in the hospital bed.

Reggie Littlejohn, president of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers expressed outrage at this incredible human rights violation:

No legitimate government would commit or tolerate such an act. Those who are responsible should be prosecuted for crimes against humanity. WRWF calls on the United States government and the leaders of the free world to strongly condemn forced abortion and all coercive family planning in China.

Feng Jianmei and her second child

U.S. human rights advocate Congressman Chris Smith and the State department have both focused attention on the pending Cao Ruyi case. Although Cao was released after paying a partial fine, family planning officials reported that she would be expected to pay the entire $24,000 fine for violating the one-child policy or her child would be aborted this Saturday.

Victoria Nuland, State Department spokeswoman said the U.S. has been in touch with the Chinese regarding the imminent threat to Cao Ruyi,  ”We make no secret that the United States strongly opposes all aspects of China’s coercive birth limitation policies, including forced abortion and sterilization, and we always raise these issues with the Chinese government,” Nuland said when asked by reporters about the case.

Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ) drafted a letter to family planning officials and municipal leaders in Cao’s home province informing them “The American society, media and even some countries in Europe are closely watching the development of this incident.”  “…I ask you to pay attention to and seriously handle this incident and stop forcing Ms. Cao Ruyi to have an abortion and guarantee her personal safety, respect and protect the basic rights and personal dignity of human beings.”

Bob Fu, president of ChinaAid has been communicating with Cao’s husband Li Fu since the detention of his wife last week. Fu is grateful for the attention of the international community which  he believes led to the release of his wife.

ChinaAid calls on the residents of the three U.S. sister-cities of  Changsha to contact their mayors and local elected officials and ask that they pay attention to Cao’s case.

Mayors’ contact information:

Saint Paul, MN

Mayor Christopher B. Coleman
15 Kellogg Blvd. WestSaint Paul, MN 55102
Ph:  (651) 266-8989 and (651)266-8510
http://www.stpaul.gov/index.aspx?NID=309

Jersey City, NJ

Mayor Jerramiah Healy
Jersey City, New Jersey 07302
Tel:   (201) 547-5200
Fax: (201) 547-4288/5442
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Annapolis, MD

Mayor Joshua J. Cohen
Annapolis City: http://www.ci.annapolis.md.us/government/departments/Mayor.aspx
Mayor’s office at 410-263-7997, or e-mail him at (Enable Javascript to see the email address)


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  • Tarheel

    And this is the country our current President is borrowing money from?

    This is horrible!

    There are a thousand thoughts running through my head about this but I cannot get them in any “formation”.

    As I sat at my desk at work thinking of this I picked up the Crucifix I keep on it. I held it. I said a small prayer. Then I saw the words on the bottom. “Made in China”

  • This is what we support when we buy any sort of Chinese-made goods. Remember when Wal-Mart used to put up big “Made in USA” signs next to American-made goods? I haven’t seen those signs in a long time.

    I do it too (buy Chinese stuff) and I don’t know what the answer is. Maybe in a world that supports Planned Parenthood when you’re buying a Dairy Queen sundae, there just isn’t much you can do.

  • Tarheel

    Good point Prairiehawk. The Crucifix os my desk was a gift. from the http://www.Foodforthepoor.org bunch. But while I was home at lunch I looked at a few Catholic items in my house.Way too many of them (gifts and ones I have bought) came from China.

    My next Rosary will be for the people of China (read leadership) to have a change of heart. And one will be especially for that poor mother that had her child ripped from her womb.

  • DeaconBillG

    Let’s see, here: the US government who is trying to tell the Catholic Church to accept abortion funding or be fined into submission is going to tell China that they cannot tell the private individual to accept abortion and not get fined inot submission. And we wonder why other countries think we have an arrogance problem. There is essentially little difference in either case, just one is more overt and the other is covert. Both cases are morally wrong, and currently there is little change in the American scene to give the US stand validity. We have to understand that as a world industrial leader, upcoming industrial countries look to our patterns to set their focus. What’s happening in China is a reflection of what goes on here but in greater magnitude due to the larger population, and we are forgetting what we look like (to paraphrase St Paul).

    • Tarheel

      Deacon I think you just nailed” it