It has been well documented that women in China experience terrible persecution under the country’s forced-abortion policy.

Now, one group is hoping that when the United Nations-sponsored Women’s Conference meets in Beijing in September, they will be able to “raise their voices in defence of their Chinese sisters.”

On March 8, the International Coalition on the Family is calling for 180 days of prayer for the women of China leading up to the conference.

“If our future hosts in Beijing want to hold a UN Conference on Women, they must start by looking at basic human rights in their own country,” said spokesperson Johanna Bogle.

The group says that because Chinese culture favours the male and families are only allowed one child, over 500,000 female babies are aborted every year.  Another 500,000 die from infanticide and neglect.