Right to Life is disappointed that the New Zealand government has no policy on China’s appalling and oppressive one child family policy. Our government’s silence is shameful and inexcusable and makes us complicit in the crimes against humanity perpetrated by the Chinese government against its own people. The information that “the New Zealand government does not have a position on China’s One Child policy” was provided to Right to Life by the Chief of Staff, of the Prime Minister’s Office, Wayne Eagleson on 13 February 2015, in response to an Official Information Act request.
Right to Life commends the government for speaking up about human rights abuses in other countries. The Prime Minister stated in Parliament on 11 February in response to a question concerning Saudi Arabia that, ”our embassy staff in the region continue to indicate that we are opposed and outraged by human rights abuses.”
Why then, the deafening silence from government on China’s one child family policy involving forced abortion and infanticide? Surely these too are crimes against humanity and yet John Key remains silent.
The New Zealand government shamefully, turns its back on the human rights abuses perpetrated by the Chinese government, which is guilty of the most horrendous human rights abuses against women that the world has ever known. It denies the human right of families to choose how many children they are going to have. A family is required to obtain a permit authorising the birth of a child. Pregnancies that are not authorised are required by law to be aborted. These abortions are often against the woman’s will and many are late term. Women who are not married who become pregnant, are required to have an abortion. Children who escape being aborted and are born without a permit are not recognised by the state and are denied health services and an education.
China’s one child family policy started in 1979 and has resulted in forced abortions, 196 million compulsory sterilisations, the mandatory insertion of 403 million forced intrauterine devices, punitive fines, imprisonment, destruction of homes and loss of employment. Sex selection abortions have resulted in 37 million missing girls. Since 1971 there have been 330 million abortions, many of these on orders from the state. There is as a consequence, a surplus of 36 million men in China, The response to these human rights abuses from the New Zealand government is a deafening silence.
God is the author of life and it is His prerogative to choose to cooperate with families in deciding how many children they will have and the spacing of those children. It is not the role of the state to decide who will be allowed to be born and to kill those the state does not want.
When is our government going to speak up in defence of the human rights of women, the unborn and the family in China?