Blind Activist Showdown Resurfaces One-Child Debate

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WASHINGTON - Meetings between the United States and China over the future of blind Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng has brought the country's one-child policy back to the forefront.

The Chinese government put Chen under house arrest for his work exposing the policy that has resulted in forced abortions and sterilization.

It's an issue that many are bringing before the United States government.

"The one-child policy causes more violence towards women and girls than any other official policy on earth and any other official policy in the history of the world. It's China's war on women and girls," Reggie Littlejohn, a human rights activist with Women's Rights Without Frontiers, told CBN News.

Countless children are forcibly aborted in China because their parents already had met the communist country's legal limit of one child.

CBN News spoke with Chai Ling, founder of All Girls Allowed.  Click here for her comments on China's one-child policy, and the message she hopes to send to President Obama.

Littlejohn called the one-child policy a crime against humanity.

"For the Communist Chinese Party to force its bloody hand right into a woman's womb and crush the life in there against her will is a heinous crime against humanity," he said.

Currently, over 35,000 forced and coerced abortions occur in China every day.

"No wonder 500 women per day - not per week, per month - but per day commit suicide in China, the results of this horrific one child per couple policy," Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., said.

Chai Ling, founder of All Girls Allowed, which focuses on women's rights in China, was also at the press conference. Ling, a former Tiananmen Square ringleader, works to protect Chinese girls from selective sex abortion which may have killed 100 million girls, according to estimates.

She passionately appealed to President Obama as a father to urge the communist nation to abolish its deadly practice.

"Just imagine among your two beautiful children. All you're allowed to have is one. The other one has to be put to death," Chai said.

Chai ended her statement by praying for China's president to rid his land of what she views as an atrocity.

"We pray for him to have an open mind and changed heart by the end of this week when he returns to China," she said.

Meanwhile, Littlejohn warned that powerful opinion-shapers want China's one child policy to spread worldwide.

"Ted Turner has repeatedly stated that he believes that the entire world should adopt the one-child policy, including the United States," he said.

*Parts of this story originally aired January 12, 2011.

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