(CNSNews.com) -- Chinese human rights activist Chen Guangcheng is not impressed with China’s new two-child policy that was announced last week, predicting that its "evil" practice of forcing women to have sterilizations and abortions will continue.
“China’s evil family planning policies are continuing. Human rights abuses are [sic] will continue,” he tweeted on October 29.
“This is nothing to be happy about,” he tweeted. “First the CCP [Chinese Communist Party] would kill any baby after one. Now they will kill any baby after two.”
Since his escape to the U.S., Guangcheng has worked for the conservative Witherspoon Institute and teaches at Catholic University. But he has vowed to return to China to take up the fight against forced abortions.
The blind, self-taught “barefoot lawyer" was imprisoned in September, 2005 for four years after he headed up a class-action lawsuit against Chinese authorities accusing them of abuses in enforcing China’s one-child policy, which has been in place since 1980.
In September, an eight-months pregnant woman was pressured to have an abortion by Chinese officials, who threatened to fire her husband, a police officer, if she did not comply.
After Guangcheng’s release from prison, he escaped from house arrest in China and sought asylum in the U.S. Embassy. Weeks of precarious negotiations finally resulted in his release to the U.S. along with his wife and two children in 2012.
But he has vowed to return to China to take up the fight against forced abortions.
“This kind of work is addictive,” Guangcheng told the Wall Street Journal. “Once you realize there’s a way that things should be done but they’re not being done that way, it’s hard to take. You have to do something about it.”
About 13 million abortions are officially performed each year in China, according to the National Health and Family Planning Commission. But many believe that figure is too low.
"The number of abortions performed is believed to be higher,” said Qi Rongyi, chief physician of the gynecology and obstetrics department at a hospital in Tianjin. "This is because the statistics were collected from registered medical institutions and do not include abortions carried out at unregistered clinics."
“[We are] fairly certain most of [the 13 million] are forced abortions,” said Colin Mason, who did field work for the Population Research Institute in Guangdong and Guangxi Provinces in 2009.