Chinese Embassy Rejects Petition Against Forced Abortion in China

Women’s Rights Without Frontiers President Reggie Littlejohn and Rep. Chris Smith led a delegation from Capitol Hill to the Chinese Embassy to deliver 200,000 signatures on a petition to end sex-selective and forced abortions in China. Though Rep. Smith and Littlejohn tried repeatedly to gain access to the Embassy to deliver the petition signatures, the Embassy refused to grant access.

Littlejohn stated, “These signatures are from 200,000 people from more than 70 countries. They represent a widespread, international outcry against forced abortion and gendercide in China. Through the dark glass and barred windows of the Embassy, I could see someone walking inside. They would not answer the door to let us in, though we rang the bell repeatedly. This refusal is symbolic of the way that the Chinese Communist Party turns a deaf ear to all those who criticize its human rights record. They may refuse to accept our petition, but they will not silence us. We will continue to raise our voices on behalf of the hundreds of millions women who have been forcibly aborted, up to the ninth month of pregnancy, and the girls who are being selectively aborted, just because they are girls. These practices constitute a crime against humanity and we will not stop our efforts until this violence against women and girls has ended.”

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Reggie Littlejohn at the Capitol Hill Press Conference before the attempted delivery of the petitions

Rep. Smith, a tireless advocate for Chinese human rights, stated, “Just last Friday, the U.S. State Department China 2012 Human Rights Report stated that the rate of female suicide in China has increased from 500 to 590 per day. The report noted that three times the number of women as men commit suicide in China. Two of the factors cited include ‘the traditional preference for male children, [and] birth limitation policies.’ This is the true War Against Women.”

The petition signatures were gathered by the “It’s a Girl” film documenting gendercide in India and China, in collaboration with Women’s Rights Without Frontiers.

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Reggie Littlejohn with Rep. Chris Smith and It’s a Girl director Evan Grae Davis at the Chinese Embassy in DC, attempting to deliver 200,000 signatures on a petition against gendercide and forced abortion in China.
Littlejohn and Smith in front of Chinese Embassy
Reggie Littlejohn and Rep. Chris Smith attempting to deliver 200,000 signatures on a petition against gendercide and forced abortion in China.

Sign a petition against forced abortion in China:

http://www.womensrightswithoutfrontiers.org/index.php?nav=sign_our_petition

Stop Forced Abortion – China’s War on Women! Video (4 mins)

http://www.womensrightswithoutfrontiers.org/?nav=stop-forced-abortion

Reggie Littlejohn, President Women’s Rights Without Frontiers www.womensrightswithoutfrontiers.org

Stop Forced Abortion – China’s War on Women! Video (4 mins)

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