A Chinese attorney who escaped house arrest in his home country for his efforts to protect women from forced abortion for violating the government’s one-child policy said on Thursday that in the 35 years since the practice hundreds of millions of babies have been killed.
“Over the past 35 years, China has killed a total of 360 to 400 million young lives as a result of its inhumane and violent birth control policies,” Chen Guangcheng, now senior fellow at Catholic University of America said at a hearing of the Congressional Executive Commission on China.
“During a six-month period of 2005, more than 130,000 forced abortions and/or sterilizations took place in Linyi city alone,” Guangcheng said in his prepared remarks. “More than 600,000 family members suffered during this period.
“This brutality and these crimes against women and their families have wrought irrevocable physical, spiritual and psychological harm,” Guangcheng said.