Family Planning Official Stabs Man to Death in China

Commentary by Susan Brinkmann, OCDS
Staff Journalist

In a tragic example of why members of Congress should keep the pro-life amendments in the budget proposals being debated on the Hill, a family planning raid on a man’s home in Linyi City, Shandong Province in China resulted in a government official stabbing a man to death for defending his family.

Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, an organization that works to stop forced abortion and sexual slavery in China, said the murder occurred on March 21 when family planning officials entered the home of Xu Shuaishuai to seize his sister for a forced sterilization. When they could not find her, they began beating Xu’s father. When Xu stepped in to defend his father, one of the officials stabbed him twice in the heart with a long knife. Xu died on the way to the hospital.

Local government authorities have not apologized to Xu’s family, nor have they arrested the murderer. The local news agencies have declined to report the murder.

In a press release, Women’s Rights Without Frontiers extended its condolences to the family of Xu, calling the crime “atrocious” and demanding that the Chinese Communist Party  bring the family planning murderer and his accomplices at the Family Planning Office to justice.

“The murder of Xu underscores the brutality of the coercive enforcement of China’s One Child Policy. This coercion is directed not only against the women themselves, but extends to family members, including siblings, parents and grandparents,” their statement reads.

“This murder is a shocking and extreme example of how coercive family planning presses fear into the hearts of the Chinese people every day. Women who become pregnant without a birth permit – illegally pregnant – are terrified of discovery and forced abortion. Fathers feel helpless to protect their wives and children. Paid informants – friends, neighbors, co-workers – tear down trust in Chinese society. Family members are detained and tortured.”

The fact that no action has been taken against the murderer demonstrates one of two things, the group states: either the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) sanctions murder to enforce its One Child Policy, or the CCP has lost control of its Family Planning Officials and is unable to bring the murderer to justice.

The CCP instituted the One Child Policy in 1980 to enhance China’s economic prosperity. This same Policy has now become China’s economic death sentence, the group states, because there are no longer enough workers to support China’s burgeoning elderly population, which is causing them to lose their status as a cheap labor force in the world.

What does all this have to do with the United States?

“We (the people of the United States, England, and other nations) are helping finance the infrastructure used in coercive family planning in China,” the group staes. “The international community funds UNFPA, Condition Improvement Fund, United Nations Family Planning Fund, as well as IPPF, the International Planned Parenthood Federation, and Marie Stopes International. These organizations are operative ‘abortion providers’ in China.”

How many of the abortions performed in their clinics are forced?

Plenty. In 2008, then Secretary of State Colin Powell found that UNFPA was complicit in coercive family planning in China. The IPPF website openly declares, “The China Family Planning Association (CFPA) plays a very important role in China’s family planning programme. It supports the present family planning policy of the government, which is appropriate for the present national situation . . .”

U.S. taxpayers should not be compelled to finance the infrastructure of forced abortion in China. Unknown to most, one of the pro-life amendments being debated in the current budget battle on the Hill would reinstate the Mexico City Policy, which prohibits all overseas abortion providers from receiving U.S. taxpayer dollars.

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