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“Consistently heaped praise on China’s population control program”

by | Aug 28, 2012





By Dave Andrusko

Feng Jianmei, lying in bed after her forced abortion at seven months

If China someday backs significantly away from—or even reverses—its draconian “One-Child Policy,” which is steeped in forced abortion, we will look back at the Twitter-fed social network revolution which publicized coerced abortion of women in the 7th month–and later–as a turning point.

Even—and I use the word “even” advisedly—pro-abortionists are expressing opposition. However tardy/insincere/used as an excuse to resist pro-life initiatives it may be, these expressions of opposition do say something about how sensitive they are about the whole grisly topic.

That could be true for several reasons, but let me focus on just one: their embrace—and the Obama Administration’s funding of—the United Nation’s Population Fund (UNFPA).

Last month USA Today ran a fine story, by Calum MacLeod, under the headline “Pressure mounts to stop China’s forced abortions.” Jessica Mack, a writer for the pro-abortion site, seems to contrast this story with one that appeared in the New York Times. (Ironically both were excellent.)

Why was MacLeod’s story to be criticized?  “A very ill-informed article in USA Today suggests that the U.S. Government has been tacitly supporting forced abortions in China through the funding of the United Nations Population Program (UNFPA) a global family planning program,” Mack fumes. “This claim is outdated, wholly debunked, and depressing to see still kicking around. Clearly more open and informed debate at this point is necessary.”

But, of course, the claim is “not outdated” for several reasons, including that the Obama Administration has cranked up the dollars going to this apologist and cheerleader for forced abortion in China. The claim has not been “wholly debunked”: UNFPA defenders simply say it isn’t true.

On second thought, it dawned on me that Mack had probably meant to link not to Edward Wong’s fine story in the Times, but to a letter to the editor of the Times in which Brian Dixon, VP for Media and Governmental Relations for the Population Connection, claimed That the Chinese government feeling the heat is “a testament to the slow, steady work of the United Nations Population Fund.” Pardon? “In fact, the fund is trying to push the Chinese away from coercive tactics,” Dixon added for good measure.

THAT constitutes, I gather, “wholly debunked” for UNFPA apologists. What bunk.

Read these words written last year by pro-life champion Chris Smith (R-NJ):

“Twenty seven years ago—on May 9, 1984—I authored the first amendment ever to a foreign aid bill to deny funding to organizations such as the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) that are complicit with China’s forced abortion and involuntary sterilization policy. After all these years, it is amazing and disheartening to me that many policy makers—including and especially the Obama Administration—remain indifferent or worse, supportive, of these massive crimes against women and children. The Obama Administration has long enabled this cruel policy by its silence and financial support to the tune of $50 million a year to the UNFPA, an organization that supports, plans, implements, defends and whitewashes the Chinese government’s brutal program.”

That won’t stop the Brian Dixons and Jessica Macks from recycling nonsense. But it will serve to remind us that those, like Congressman Smith, who have denounced this tragedy for decades, know that the UNPFA has (in Smith’s words) “consistently heaped  praise on China’s population control program and repeatedly urged other countries to embrace similar policies.”

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