Thursday, 14 June 2012

Stop funding the assault of women in China

The story of a Chinese woman beaten and forced into the abortion of her seven month baby has sparked outrage around the world. The outrage must also be focused here at home because for decades the government of the UK has indirectly supported China 's one child programme.

The UK currently contributes over £20M yearly to the UN Population Fund(UNFPA) and is committed to almost £100M in aid to the International Planned Parenthood Federation(IPPF).
Both these agencies are involved in promoting and supporting China’s one child policy.

The horrific picture of a woman beaten and lying on a bed with her aborted baby should make every right thinking person in this country very angry. We should be angry enough to demand that our Government sends a clear and unambiguous message to the Chinese Government that we condemn such activities and therefore will not provide financial support for any agency involved in the execution of the one child policy. Unless the UNFPA and IPPF can guarantee that they will not continue financial support for the one child programme, the contribution of millions of pounds of British taxpayers’ money, should be stopped.

This week’s story of the brutal treatment of the woman is just one of many routine atrocities of this kind which fail to reach the international press. The barbaric assault, prosecution and disempowerment of women, the violation of their human rights and the wanton destruction of millions of unborn children cannot continue unabated. It is time for Britain and the international community to send a direct and clear message to China and the international agencies supporting its one child policy that enough is enough.

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