NEW YORK, October 24 (C-Fam) Pictures of mothers and their forcibly aborted babies ricochet across the Internet. Family planning agents extort massive fines from peasants. An attorney is tortured and jailed for defending mothers. Zhang Yimou, China’s acclaimed film producer is fined $1.24 million for violating his quota of children.
Over the past six years, evidence has mounted of China’s brutal enforcement of its one-child policy. Now a U.S. congressman is accusing Obama’s top officials of breaking U.S. laws and aiding China’s forced abortions policies.
Obama has given $227 million to a UN agency that facilitates the one-child policy, and visas to Chinese officials with ties to brutal acts of forced abortions, charged Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ).
The U.S. bars federal funding of organizations complicit with China’s forced abortion and sterilization policies, or allowing foreigners directly involved in its enforcement into the U.S. “Only a handful of abusers have been denied visas,” Smith said.
Smith gave a litany of China’s abuses and how Obama officials enable them in a speech last week.
China’s harsh penalties for having a child without government permission range from abduction and forced abortion, jail, lost jobs, destroyed homes and fines up to ten-times the parents’ annual income.
In just 24 provinces, more than $3 billion a year was collected in fines, often pocketed by local bureaucrats.
Lately, Chinese leaders have bent to pressure as victims posted pictures on the Internet and described abuses, sparking international fury. In some cases enforcers have been fired and families paid assistance.
Rather than heaping on pressure, Obama officials signal they endorse China’s policy.
Vice President Joe Biden told a Chinese audience he “fully understood” the one-child policy and was not “second-guessing” the government for imposing it. Smith pointed out Biden’s record backed up his callous sentiment: as a member of the U.S. Senate, he rejected an amendment condemning the one-child policy.
Chen Guangcheng – the blind self-taught lawyer jailed and tortured for defending women from forced abortions – called Smith during a congressional hearing from a Beijing hospital room in fear. His daring escape from house imprisonment and journey to the U.S. embassy in Beijing captured the world’s attention – even more so when Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s aides sent him from the protection of the embassy to the police-infested hospital. After intense criticism, Obama officials allowed Chen to flee to the U.S.
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When Clinton was asked if she or President Obama brought up China’s forced abortions with President Hu Jintao, she refused to answer.
Not only do Obama officials wink at China’s abuses, they give tax dollars to an organization that funds and gives guidance to China’s family planning agency, including training personnel.
UNFPA works exclusively in China with the family planning agency, which is better funded than China’s other health bureaucracies and despised by citizens for its corruption and brute practices. That tie was strengthened when UNFPA sided with China when the U.S. stopped funding the UN agency over its work supporting the one-child policy.
“For over three decades, the UNFPA has consistently heaped praise on China’s population control program and repeatedly urged other countries to embrace similar policies,” Smith said.
When Smith challenged China’s top population control officer Peng Peiyun to end coercion, she told him “the UNFPA was very supportive of the one child per couple program” and “adamantly agrees with her that the program is voluntary and that coercion doesn’t exist.”
Reprinted with permission from C-Fam.org.