130,000 Forced Abortions in China, Chen Guangcheng Tells Congress

By:  Dave Bohon
130,000 Forced Abortions in China, Chen Guangcheng Tells Congress

Pro-life activist Chen Guangcheng testified to Congress about China's ongoing policy of forced abortion for women who violate the country's one-child policy.

Chinese pro-life activist Chen Guangcheng (shown in photo) testified before Congress April 9, providing a subcommittee of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs with a list of “corrupt officials” in Communist China he said were responsible for no less than 130,000 forced abortions. Chen also said that Chinese officials have gone back on their promise not to harm his family that remains in China since Chen, his wife, and their children were allowed to leave the country and relocate in the United Sates.

Chen, who is blind, fled to the U.S. Embassy in Beijing in late April 2012 to escape years-long abuse and imprisonment because of his efforts to expose China's record of forced abortion, tied to its notorious one-child “family planning” policy. Negotiations between the Chinese officials and U.S. State Department officials — including then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton — resulted in freedom for Chen and his family, but according to Chen, China has retaliated by persecuting and imprisoning family members who remain in China.

“The officials who are on this list have continuously in the past persecuted me and my family,” said Chen as he held up the document. “These corrupt officials, they have this blood on their hands with ... 130,000 forced abortions.”

Robert Fu of the American organization China Aid, which has partnered with Chen in his campaign to expose China's forced abortion holocaust, told CNSNews.com in an e-mail that “the number 130,000 was what Mr Chen said in Chinese about the cases of forced abortion and forced sterilization he documented in 2005, which occurred within less than a year. He also mentioned a number 600,000, but the interpreter forgot to translate, which Mr Chen said, is the number of family members [who] were persecuted one way or another in relation to the 130,000 cases.”

In his first testimony to the U.S. Congress since he was released from house arrest in 2012, Chen, a self-taught human rights lawyer, said that “China's leaders are weak” and lack the ability to bring any improvement to their country's deplorable human rights record. He cited his own family's experience as evidence, noting that while Communist officials had promised to guarantee the safety and freedom of Chen's family members in China, that has not been the case.

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Photo of Chen Guangcheng: AP Images

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