Worldwide, Christian leaders who are resisting China's one-child policy and forced abortion were greatly encouraged to hear today's news that lawyer-activist Chen Guangcheng has escaped from house arrest in his rural village.
He has fled to Beijing and there are reports in major news media that he's taken refuge in the US Embassy. Obviously, this is a developing story. But here are comments from Chen's supporters:
From All Girls Allowed, a leading Christian organization fighting gendercide:
"Chen Guangcheng has battled tirelessly on behalf of Chinese women who face forced abortion and sterilization by the government. He has suffered deeply for speaking out against the One-Child Policy and its brutal enforcement. We call on China to abide by its own laws and uphold his rights. We call on the US to keep China accountable, and to protect Mr. Chen if he is indeed at the US Embassy."
The Christian organization, China Aid says:
Founder and president Bob Fu was in touch with Chen's friends and family ...1