There is much being made of Chinese human rights activist Chen Guangcheng and the confusion about his on again/off again/on again desire to escape China. Chen has been a thorn in the side of China’s birth control policies for years.
Many in the US are hopeful that the US will intervene on Chen’s behalf against China’s oppressive population control policies and use this occasion to influence China to adopt more humane measures to adapt its population to its economic goals.
Dream on. The trouble is the current leadership in this country has much in common with China’s leadership concerning abortion.
In a nation that has performed 50 million abortions since 1973, most as a means of birth control, where do we think we stand with our moral authority to influence China’s birth control policy and methods? In a nation whose highest court in the land has sanctioned the killing of children in the womb, from where do we summon the will to influence China’s abortion policies? With a presidency and senate whose political party and ideology defend and promote abortions of convenience do you think there will be any motivation to confront China’s human rights policies pertaining to abortion?
You.Have.Got.To.Be.Daffy to think this will happen.
In a nation that performs over a million abortions a year, why would we have any influence on China at the government-to-government level?
Sure, the motivating force for abortions is different in China and the US. In China, the government mandates abortions. In the US, the government simply allows abortions. But the results are nearly the same. What these two nations have in common is the sad part. The legal systems in both countries have no regard for the life of a pre-born child. The purpose of killing babies in China is to control the population and improve the state economy. The purpose of killing babies in the US is to control family size and improve the economy of the family. Both the means and the end are the same: Kill babies to enhance the economy – just at different levels of governance.
There is a reason why Hillary Rodham Clinton’s State Department looks like Frick and Frack dealing with China on this issue. We have no desire to pursue Chen’s agenda. The only difference between the abortion industry in the US and in China is the party that mandates the abortion. In the US, it is the mother. In China it is the state. In both countries, the state sanctions the killings.
We have a lot of soul searching to do before we pretend to dictate abortion policies to China.