London protest against China population policy
8 August 2008
London protest against China population policy London, Friday, 8 August 2008 - Young people will protest against China's one-child policy outside the Chinese embassy in London today.
Members of the youth and student division of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children will silently hold a banner drawing attention to forced abortions which are part of the policy.
Fiorella Nash, event coordinator, said: "As a mother, it is incredible to me that any government regards itself as having a right to prevent women from having children. "Western nations are complicit in this policy because they fund UN agencies which work alongside Chinese population controllers. "Many people I have spoken to about this subject, including women who would regard themselves as feminists, shrug their shoulders as if it isn't that important.
"I wonder if people would be so accepting of such an abuse if it were going on in England? Would people still shrug their shoulders and refuse to comment if, during my second pregnancy, my husband had been told he would be thrown out of Cambridge University if I didn't abort, or if I had been forcibly detained at Addenbrooke's hospital during an ante-natal check and woken up from the sedation to find my baby had been killed and I had been sterilised?
"Reproductive rights just aren't that important when the woman actually wants to have a baby. The hypocrisy is disgraceful."