by Steven Ertelt
October 30, 2007
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — At a meeting of the House Foreign Affairs Committee last week, a leading pro-life Congressman asked Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice if the Bush administration would more aggressively oppose forced abortions in China. Rice confirmed the president would continue to oppose the Asian nation’s brutal policy.
China established a coercive one-child family planning policy in the 1970s that prohibits families there from having more than one child.
Violators are frequently forced to have abortions or sterilized and often see their human rights abrogated as they lose jobs, face persecution and are imprisoned.
Rep. Chris Smith, a New Jersey Republican who is the co-chairman of the Pro-Life Caucus, used his first question for Rice at the hearing to ask the Bush administration to be more vocal against the one-child policy.
“Since 1979, China’s one child per couple policy—with its heavy reliance on forced abortion—has actually murdered more children than all the mass killings of Joseph Stalin and Mao Tse-tung," Smith said in a statement given to LifeNews.com.
"The one child per couple policy has made brothers and sisters illegal, is being used today as genocide against the people of Tibet and the Uyghurs and has resulted in little girls being targeted for extermination and killed by the tens of millions," Smith added.
Patrick Creamer, Smith’s communications director, told LifeNews.com that Rice told the committee "that the [Bush] administration has always voiced their concerns about China’s one-child per couple policy, but there is always a question as to when to raise the issue."
"The Secretary said she would certainly be willing to have a dialogue with Rep. Smith about this issue," Creamer added.
Smith introduced a House resolution in September condemning the policy and the human rights violations resulting from it.
He told LifeNews.com he would "continue to push the Bush administration at every opportunity to step up their pressure on the international community to hold the Chinese Government accountable for this egregious human rights abuse."
Smith said he would follow up with Secretary Rice’s offer to talk more about what can be done to speak out on Chinese forced abortion issues.