While we’ve been focusing on our atrocious economy, jobs, GOP candidates, events in the Middle East, and Obama’s golf/sno-cone proclivities in Martha’s Vineyard, Vice President Joe Biden has undertaken a 10-day trip to Japan, Mongolia, and China.
Yesterday, Biden made a disturbing comment while speaking at Sichuan University in China. He’s taking heat here at home for his words. Mitt Romney swiftly and forcefully spoke out:
Yesterday, Vice President Biden had this to say at Sichuan University in China: “Your policy has been one which I fully understand — I’m not second-guessing — of one child per family. The result being that you’re in a position where one wage earner will be taking care of four retired people. Not sustainable.” The comment was outrageous both in its sniveling tone and in its seeming praise for a human rights atrocity that includes forced abortions and sterilizations.
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) condemned the remarks. (“I’m deeply troubled by the comments reportedly made by the Vice President yesterday regarding China’s reprehensible one-child policy, which has resulted in forced sterilizations and coerced abortions and should not be condoned by any American official. No government on Earth has the authority to place quotas on the value of innocent human life, or to treat life as an economic commodity that can be regulated and taken away on a whim by the state.”) He called for clarification or retraction.
Mitt Romney had this swift retort in a statement to Right Turn: “China’s one-child policy is gruesome and barbaric. Vice President Biden’s acquiescence to such a policy should shock the conscience of every American. Instead of condoning the policy, Vice President Biden should have condemned it in the strongest possible terms. There can be no defense of a government that engages in compulsory sterilization and forced abortions in the name of population control.”
Romney is right on the policy and right on the politics. Coupled with his strong words on the Libyan rebels (calling for extradition of the Lockerbie bomber), it suggests increasing boldness on his part. And where are the other Republican contenders? Silence so far.
China also practices another travesty against girls associated with their one-child policy – gendercide. It’s the heinous practice of killing and aborting a specific gender. The repercussions of gendercide is mind-boggling; China currently has 32 million more boys than girls under the age of 20.
• 500 women in China commit suicide each day – the highest female suicide rate in the world.
• 8 million women undergo abortions every year in China.
• 35.97 percent of women who have had an abortion have another shortly after.
• For $500-$1,500, a kidnapped boy can be purchased to preserve a family line.
• At least 70,000 stolen children are on China’s black market each year.
• Every day, 190 children are abducted in China.
• Young, abandoned females are accommodated in ‘dying rooms’
Additional information is available at AllGirlsAllowed.org – an organization founded to ‘restore dignity to China’s women and children in light of the one-child policy’. It’s founded by Chai Ling, a student leader in the Tienanmen Square protest.
UPDATE - Charles Krauthammer, FOX News contributor, was on The O’Reilly Factor today. He rips Biden for his ‘one child’ comment:
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