Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Vice President Biden says he doesn't "second guess" China's coercive one-child policy

At The Week, Ed Morrisey discusses a recent controversy over Vice President Joe Biden's comments in China addressing their official state policy which strong arms women into only having one child. This policy has led to forced sterilizations, coerced abortions and millions of girls being aborted solely because they're females.
One might suppose that an American vice president would take the opportunity to draw attention to the horrific procreation policies of Beijing, and try to take a positive step for both their economy and for human rights. Instead, Biden gave the one-child policy at least a tacit endorsement:

"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 hopefully we can act in a way on a problem that's much less severe than yours, and maybe we can learn together from how we can do that."

Biden fully understands China's one-child policy? Let's hope not — because if so, then he has truly brought shame on the United States and this administration with this statement. (Biden's spokesperson later backtracked on his behalf, saying the vice president finds China's policy "repugnant.")