CNN Accused of Pushing China’s One-Child Forced Abortion Policy on Earth Day

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 22, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

CNN Accused of Pushing China’s One-Child Forced Abortion Policy on Earth Day

by Steven Ertelt Editor
April 22
, 2010

Atlanta, GA ( — CNN is facing accusations that a news story it wrote on Earth Day promotes the one-child policy in China that has resulted in forced abortions and sterilizations. The policy recently came under more criticism when a new campaign was launched in one city to forcibly sterilize 10,000 people.

Under the guise of a trendy "green love life" feature, CNN pushes the idea.

"Don’t be so keen on having babies. How about adopting a child instead or implementing a one-child policy?" CNN says.

It attributes the idea to Stefanie Iris Weiss, author of the recently released book, "Eco-Sex."

But blogger Paul Joseph Watson of Prison Planet isn’t happy about the suggestion.

"CNN today casually pushes Chinese-style one child policies, a brutal program which in reality is enforced by way of forced abortions, infanticide and compulsory sterilization," he writes.

"Somewhere in the region of twenty-five million men in China are unable to find brides because so many girls are murdered shortly after birth. The explosion in the illegal sex trade in Asia is also a direct result of the shortage of women," Watson explains. "In many cases, women are literally kidnapped off the street by state goons from the “Birth Control Office,” driven to government hospitals, drugged, and their child is forcibly aborted."

"This is the kind of tyrannical regime CNN is promoting under the veil of green fasci," he said.

The CNN suggestion comes two days after China officials came under fire over the massive campaign to attempt to sterilize as many as 10,000 people for violating the nation’s one child rule.

Officials in southern China launched a bid to sterilize people living in and around Puning, a city of 2.2 million people in the southern province of Guangdong.

AFP indicated as many as 1,300 people were detained in the first portion of the campaign that national leaders are reportedly denying.

The focus began with people who refused to submit to voluntary sterilization and their relatives. They were reportedly held in governmental buildings and given lectures on why the need to abide by the one child policy.

But a pro-life group says Earth Day should be a celebration of huamn life.

With bus ads in Chicago and next week in San Francisco and Seattle, is encouraging Americans to rethink how they celebrate Earth Day, and how they go about fostering a culture that respects the environment.

“Our goal is to use Earth Day to get Americans to think more deeply about what it means to truly respect the Earth and creation. Prevailing environmental attitudes too often view humans as the enemy of nature," Brian Burch, the president of CatholicVote, told

"We believe the human person is God’s greatest creation, and the Earth’s greatest resource. Building up a culture of life is the single most important way to build a culture that respects the environment," he said.

“The members of wanted to bring this balanced Catholic view of the environment to the streets,” said Burch, “and that’s why we’ve advertising on over 50 buses in Chicago, San Francisco, and Seattle.”

While some environmental advocates have only jumped on the green bandwagon recently due to the popularity of environmental issues, Burch told that Catholics have long cared for the environment — while taking a more consistent approach by supporting all human life.

He continued, "Respect for the God’s creation has a long history in Catholic teaching, long before it became popular with our secular culture."

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