Friday, June 23, 2006

Pregnant North Koreans forced into abortions

"Pregnant women who are repatriated [to North Korea] are forced to undergo abortions.

"If the babies are born alive, they are suffocated, murdered on the spot.

"The crime that the baby committed is two-fold: he may have been the child of a Chinese man and he shares his mother's guilt for the crime she committed of leaving the country.

"Now, in addition to repatriating North Koreans, China penalizes its citizens for trying to help North Korean refugees, and rewards them for turning them in -- a double incentive."

--Suzanne Scholte, testifying at Congressional-Executive Commission on China Issues Roundtable

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