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MPs demand action from UK Govt on forced abortions on Uyghur women in China

MPs are continuing to ask the Government to pressure China into ending the abuses of forced abortion and sterilisation against the Uyghur population in China.

Pressure is mounting on the Government to confront the Chinese Communist Party as MPs draw attention to the population suppression measures taken against the Uyghur minority in Xinjiang, China.

In an ‘Urgent Question’ to the Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab, Sir Iain Duncan Smith MP said:

“[It has been] shown that the Chinese Government forced Uyghur women into sterilisation. As a result, the Uyghur population in those regions fell by as much as 84% between 2015 and 2018. That is action verging, I believe, on genocide”.

Following this Scott Benton MP said that the Minister should be “absolutely appalled by the credible reports of forced abortions and forced sterilisation”.

He went on to ask: “Will he commit to taking action on this by formally and publicly condemning the population control practices of the Chinese Communist Party and requesting that these cease immediately?”

The Minister for Asia, Nigel Adams confirmed that the Government will “continue to hold China to account…” He also stated that the Chinese Ambassador has been summoned to the Foreign Office to meet with the permanent under-secretary.

Uyghur forced abortion and sterilisation

Earlier this month, Fiona Bruce MP urged the Government to do all within its power to end the “appalling” treatment of the Uyghur community at the hands of the Chinese Government.

Mrs Bruce said: “[The Uyghurs] are violated through forced birth control, pregnancy checks, the mandatory insertion of painful intrauterine devices, forced sterilisation and abortions. We hear that that is happening at scale, to hundreds of thousands of women”.

“These population control measures are backed by mass detention as a punishment for failure to comply. The threat of being sent to prison – to the camps that we hear so much about – hangs over these women”.

Forced abortions in China

Forced abortions and sterilisations are a well-documented phenomenon in China. This year a doctor who escaped the regime in China shared how she participated in at least 500-600 operations on Uyghur women in the country, including forced abortion, forced sterilisation and forced removal of wombs.

Speaking to ITV News, the Uyghur woman also revealed abortions were carried out at full-term and that infanticide – the purposeful causing of a baby’s death – was common practice.

These attacks on the Uyghur population, through forced abortion and sterilisation, are taking place at the same time as hundreds of thousands are being used for slave labour. UK businesses are currently being urged to ensure their supply chains do not participate in this in any way.

Right To Life UK spokesperson, Catherine Robinson, said:

“The treatment of the Uyghur population in China is despicable, particularly the abhorrent practice of forced abortion and sterilisation. MPs are absolutely right to bring up this issue and pressure the Government to act. The simultaneous pressure on business to ensure their supply chains are not participating in the persecution of the Uyghurs is certainly a step in the right direction too. Hopefully, growing international pressure will force the Chinese Communist Party to end this barbarism”.

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Thanks to the support from people like you, last year a major attempt to hijack the UK Government’s flagship Domestic Abuse Bill with two extreme abortion proposals failed, in a major pro-life victory.

Unfortunately, this is not the end for our opposition.

We are currently facing major threats on five separate fronts:

  1. Pro-abortion MP Rupa Huq has brought forward an amendment to the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill to introduce a jail term of up to two years if a pro-lifer offers support or advice to a woman near an abortion clinic. This is a threat to unborn babies and to freedom of speech.
  2. The assisted suicide lobby has brought forward a bill to legalise assisted suicide, which was introduced to the House of Lords on 26 May.
  3. The Northern Ireland Secretary has given himself new powers to force expanded abortion services on Northern Ireland.
  4. The abortion lobby is further exploiting the COVID-19 crisis to attempt to make dangerous ‘DIY’ home abortions available permanently.
  5. The abortion lobby is expected to make another attempt to change abortion law to allow abortion on demand, for any reason, up to birth.

If these major threats from our opposition are successful, it would be a disaster. Thousands of lives would be lost. 

Fighting both the abortion and assisted suicide lobbies over this period has already made a huge dent in Right To Life UK's limited resources.

To cover this gap and ensure we effectively defeat these proposals during this period, we must raise at least £200,000.

We are, therefore, asking people like you to please give as generously as you can. Every donation, no matter how small, will make a significant difference.

By stopping these threats, YOU can save lives over this coming period.

Will you make a special gift right now to help protect vulnerable lives from these threats?

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