Olympic Cover-Up: China’s Coerced Abortions Forgotten Amid Human Rights Criticism

Washington, D.C. (11 August 2008) – On Monday, American Life League condemned the media blackout on China's most egregious human rights abuse: its one-child policy, which has led to forced abortions, sterilizations and infanticide.

Pro-life activists were sent back to the United States August 10 for the crime of public prayer and demonstration against China's heinous population control policy. But the mainstream media has consistently ignored the one-child policy, instead focusing on China's grim record in Darfur and Tibet.

"Television commentators have been dutifully telling Olympics watchers that China is changing and becoming modern," said Jim Sedlak, vice president of American Life League. "Yet none of them speak of the horror of China's one-child policy and its numerous forced abortions."

China's one-child policy took effect in 1979. The Chinese government employs coercion and infant abandonment to enforce it. It is estimated that it has caused over 100 million forced abortions. The United Nations Population Fund has supported the one-child policy.

"As the world watched 15,000 individual Chinese performers during the Olympic opening ceremonies on August 8, it was sobering to think that probably not one of these performers has a living brother or sister," Sedlak observed. "With China's one-child per family policy in existence for decades, it is likely many of these young performers' brothers and sisters were sacrificed, often brutally, to China's Communist regime."

American Life League was cofounded in 1979 by Judie Brown. It is the largest grassroots Catholic pro-life organization in the United States and is committed to the protection of all innocent human beings from the moment of creation to death. For more information or media inquiries, please contact Katie Walker at 540.659.4942.