Chinese Activist Escape Begins New Era of Outrage Against Forced Abortion

16 07 2012

The National Catholic Register has an excellent article about how blind Chinese human rights activist Chen Guangcheng’s recent escape into the U.S. embassy has created a great opportunity to generate international disapproval against China’s one-child policy.

Few activists are prepared to suggest that the headlines have provoked an official reversal of a national policy that has touched every life in China. But those who have labored for decades to expose the practice of forced abortion and sterilization are making the most of this unexpected period of public outrage and open debate.
That zeal was on display during a July 9 congressional hearing organized by the Subcommittee on Africa, Human Rights and International Programs, spearheaded by Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., a pro-life leader in the House who has struggled for years to get political traction on the issue.
Smith and the other activists who testified at the hearing issued a spate of demands: Defund and repudiate the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), deny visas to Chinese officials responsible for imposing forced abortions, and increase pressure on Beijing to end the policy.
A series of Republican administrations have barred funding to the UNFPA because of past allegations that it had participated in the one-child policy — a charge repeatedly denied by the organization. Thus, while President George W. Bush cut off U.S. financial support, President Barack Obama quickly reinstated it soon after his inauguration in 2009.

It’s interesting to note that the UN Population Fund is a major partner in the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s campaign for birth control.