Human Rights Advocate: Change From One- to Two-Child Policy Won’t End Forced Abortions in China

By Penny Starr | October 29, 2015 | 5:15pm EDT

Reggie Littlejohn, president of the

human rights group Women's Rights

Without Frontiers.  

( – The Xinhua News Agency announced on Thursday that the Chinese Communist government is halting its one-child policy and replacing it with a policy that will allow couples to obtain permits to have two children. But human rights activist Reggie Littlejohn said the change would not stop forced abortions in the Communist country.

“This comes as no surprise, given the demographic disaster China now faces as a result of its One Child Policy,” Littlejohn said in a statement on Thursday.  

“However, instituting a two-child policy will not end forced abortion, gendercide or family planning regulations in China,” said Littlejohn, founder and president of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, an international coalition to expose and oppose forced abortion, gendercide and sexual slavery in China. 

“Couples will still have to have a birth permit for the first and the second child, or they may be subject to forced abortion,” Littlejohn said. “The core of the One Child Policy is not whether the number of children the government allows.”

 “It's the fact that the government is setting a limit on children, and enforcing this limit coercively,” Littlejohn said.

“That will not change under a two-child policy,” Littlejohn said. “The One Child Policy does not need to be modified. It needs to be abolished.”

Littlejohn said the new policy still represents “coercive population control” in China.

The Communist party's Central Committee said in a statement that the decision was ‘to improve the balanced development of population’ and to deal with an aging population,” the Associated Press reported.

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