This is beyond shameful. Biden 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.So just kill off the old people, too. What's the problem?
Kathryn Jean Lopez:
Forced abortion. Fully understandable, in the words of our Scranton-born, rosary-clutching vice president?John Boehner:
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. I hope and trust that the Vice President didn’t actually say what has been reported, and that a correction or clarification from the White House will be forthcoming. The Obama administration should be focusing on jobs for the American people, not encouraging foreign governments to utilize abortion as a means of population and deficit control.Rather than condemning China's depraved "family planning" policies, as any self-respecting, free, humane nation would, Biden seems to be expressing solidarity with our financial overlords. Steyn, in his excellent new book, makes much of Swift's observation, "They have his soul, who have his bonds." This has implications beyond the economic.
China's one child policy means babies are thrown away like garbage, or worse. From a previous post:
That has been the exact fate of countless female babies born in China. Xinran's Message from an Unknown Chinese Mother documents the horrors of the Chinese culture of death, in which not only the state but sometimes even parents see their babies as offal to be literally thrown to the dogs. Jonathan Mirsky wrote about the book last year:
No bleaker picture exists of the fate of Chinese female infants, whether murdered at birth or abandoned, than Messages from an Unknown Chinese Mother. One woman’s story reveals this black mark in Chinese culture, both traditional and contemporary. She had lived and worked almost her entire life in orphanages, and told Xinran that little girls sometimes arrived there with scars between their legs. Oil lamps or candles had burned them.Other mothers suffer endlessly at the loss of their daughters:
The first thing the village midwives did when the baby was born was not to clear its airway but to check [by the light of the lamp or candle] whether it was a boy or girl, because that was what the family wanted to hear. Some of the burns were on the baby’s private parts … [. . .]
Mother love is supposed to be such a great thing, but so many babies are abandoned, and it’s their mothers who do it. They’re ignorant. They feel differently about emotions from the way you do. Where I come from, people talk about smothering a baby girl or just throwing it[!]into a stream … to be eaten by dogs, as if it were a joke. How much do you think these women loved their babies?
Whether as a consequence of the single-child policy, destructive age-old traditions or hideous economic necessity... these women had to give up their daughters for adoption, others were forced to abandon them -- on city streets, outside hospitals, orphanages or on station platforms -- and others even had to watch their baby daughters being taken away at birth, and drowned.See Allahpundit for more soul-sickening anecdotes.
Edited to correct Swift quotation.
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