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China Aborts Christian Babies

Baby killing has changed little in China since 1979 when the notorious one-child family policy was enacted.

Christian ministers working in China’s Guangxi Province recently reported to the China Aid Association, Inc (CAA) that a massive forced abortion campaign is presently being carried out in the area.

According to eyewitness reports, more than 40 pregnant women were rounded up and forcefully moved to the Youjiang District People’s Hospital of Baise City in one day for forced abortions.

Another 20 were collected and transported by Chinese government family planning authorities the next day and forced to abort their babies.

“Within 30 minutes, about 10 of them were injected forcefully for an abortion. This means within [the] last 24 hours, at least 61 babies were killed by forced abortions,” sources within China told CAA.

“At bed Number 37, Ms. He Caigan was nine months pregnant. Officials injected her baby’s head and 20 minutes later, her baby stopped moving and died,” sources said.

Many of those rounded up and aborted were Christians, including the wife of a converted Christian pastor ministering to Christians in the area.

Mrs. Wei Linrong, seven months pregnant, was dragged from her home and taken to a hospital in April 2007 by Population and Family Planning Commission officials from Baise City, Guangxi.

“About 6 a.m. on [April 17], Pastor James Liang’s wife Mrs. Wei Linrong gave birth to a boy, but he was dead because of the injection. She received three injections — one is to induce the birth and the other two to kill the baby in the womb,” CAA’s sources reported.

A close acquaintance of Mrs. Wei reported that she and her husband wanted to keep this baby, who was conceived unexpectedly, because of their Christian beliefs. A local church leader in the area reported that the so-called “illegal pregnant women” were treated very poorly and that they were forced to lie on beds in the hospital corridor before the injections were administered to abort their babies.

Family planning officials told the women’s relatives that their babies would be born and most likely die within 24 hours.

According to CAA informants, a Christian mother-to-be and her husband in Laiyang city, Shandong province, are also under increasing pressure to abort her unborn child, either voluntarily or coercively. Ms. Hui Xu, aged 39, became pregnant unexpectedly with her second child six months ago.

“CAA urges the international community to register your protest and concern with letters and phone calls to the chairman of the National Population and Family Planning Commission, Party Secretary of Baise City, Mr. Liang Chunlu, and the Youjiang District People’s Hospital,” CAA said. Names and addresses for protest are:

  • Chairman Wei Qing Zhang, National Population and Family Planning Commission of China

  • Hotline for complaints — Tel: +86-10-8250492

  • Youjiang District Peoples Hospital — Tel: +86-776-2839393; 2697723

  • Party Secretary of Guangxi Province: Mr. Qibao Liu — Tel; +86-771-5883508

  • Governor of Guangxi Province: Mr. Bing Lu — Tel: +86-771-2807778

  • Party Secretary of Baise City Mr. Liang Chunlu — Tel: +86-776-2834089

See the Sources: “Christian Women Forced to Have Abortion sin Guangxi and Shandong;” China Aid Association, Inc., 17 April 2007, http://www.chinaaid.org/; http://www.monitorchina.org/; “Police Force Abortion on Christian women,” World Net Daily, 20 April 2007, http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=55300

EU Tries to Dictate to Poland

The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, Austria, recently ruled in favor of a single mother of three from Warsaw, Poland, Alicja Tysiac, saying the government violated article 8 of the Convention on Human Rights (an EU, not a Polish, document) concerning the right to respect for private life and they must compensate her 25,000 euros.

Ms. Tysiac sued the Polish government because she was denied an abortion and the C-section birth of her third child, she claimed, seriously impaired her eyesight.

Medical testimony denied her pregnancy was the cause of the problem. In 2000, no gynecologist or eye doctor would sign to allow an abortion on health grounds.

Paradoxically, the court’s ruling coincided with new attempts to restrict abortion access in Poland.

Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski recently spoke out in favor of a constitutional amendment proposed by the Prime Ministers brother, President Lech Kaczynski, to “protect unborn children.”

If passed, the amendment would strengthen protection for unborn children and stress the state’s obligation to assist pregnant women, said the prime minister. It would not change the existing law which allows abortion to save the life or health of the mother and in cases of rape, incest or deformed fetus.

Politicians from the ruling Law and Justice party (PiS) have said the amendment adds three paragraphs to the constitution saying life is legally protected from conception on, a statement meant to prevent liberalization of the existing abortion law, and one stating measures must be taken by authorities to protect unborn children through assistance to pregnant women.

Opponents disagree. “An amendment to article 30 of the constitution would result in a dramatic deterioration of the situation of women,” said Jerzy Szmajdzinski, leader of the parliamentary group of the Democratic Left Alliance (SLD).

See the Source: “Alicja vs. Poland,” The Warsaw Voice News, 28 March 2007, http://www.warsawvoice.pl/view/1434.

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