Media Release 30th October 2015
The Chinese government has relaxed its one child family policy to now allow a family to have two children. Right to Life is pleased at this change in policy. However nothing has really changed in the war against women and the family in China. The State has the blood of its own children on its hands. It still believes that the family is at the service of the State. The family is not at the service of the State, the State exists to serve the family.
The policy continues to impose the most horrendous human rights abuses on families, that the world has ever seen. The policy violates the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women.
The policy change has not been caused by concern for human rights, rather China is facing a demographic disaster. The State now realises that it has a diminishing work force and an exploding number of people retiring. 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 is a deafening silence.
The State is at the service of the family, the family is not at the service of the State.
The draconian restrictions on the family continue. Women are not permitted to marry until they are 20 years of age and men may not marry until they are 22. Families may not have a child unless they have a permit from the State. The State demands that unauthorised pregnancies are aborted. Failure to do so results in heavy penalties, destruction of the family home, heavy monetary fines and imprisonment. Under the new policy the State demands that a third pregnancy must be aborted.
This war against women has the full support of the Chinese Family Planning Association and the New Zealand Family Planning Association. Why does the New Zealand Family Planning Association not speak up in defence of the right of Chinese women to choose how many children they are going to have? Their shameful silence is deafening. The New Zealand government has no policy on China’s tyrannical family policy. It is shameful that the government continues to remain silent at the massive human rights inflicted on the long suffering Chinese people. Trade is obviously more important than human rights.
Right to Life.