In North Korea, pro-abortion activist Gloria Steinem will be leading a march for women in celebration of International Women’s Day for Peace and Disarmament. According to Fox News, the march is supposed to bring world attention to calls for a resolution to tensions between North and South Korea. Steinem will be visiting hospitals and factories as well as meeting with local women.
However, some activists are accusing of Steinem and the other feminist leaders of using the march to cover up the abuse of women in North Korea. The associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, Abraham Cooper, and Greg Scarlatoiu, the executive director of the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea, said, “We desperately need the voices of feminists protesting the murder, torture and exploitation of North Korean women by their own government, but any sanctioning of a peace march by North Korea can be nothing but human rights theater intended to cover up its death camps and crimes against humanity.”
A senior research scholar at Columbia University’s East Asian Institute and former analyst on Korean issues for the CIA, Sue Mi Terry, added, “Its treatment of women, particularly repatriated female defectors, is hideous, as noted by the UN in recent years. I just hope that if Ms. Steinem and this group of prominent women decide to go through with this walk, it is to highlight human rights abuses that are taking place in North Korea, not to further blame the U.S. and South Korea for the myriad problems created by the North Korean regime…”
Unfortunately, Steinem isn’t the best person to be representing women in North Korea since forced abortion is prominent there and she hasn’t spoken out against it.
As LifeNews previously reported, in 2014 a United Nations Report on North Korea alleged that the Kim Jong-un regime has been guilty of crimes against humanity including forcing women to abort their babies or killing them after birth. The document said that these crimes included: “extermination, murder, enslavement, torture, imprisonment, rape, forced abortions and other sexual violence, persecution on political, religious, racial and gender grounds, the forcible transfer of populations, the enforced disappearance of persons and the inhumane act of knowingly causing prolonged starvation.”
Additionally, Steinem supports abortion-on-demand and in a 2011 interview with Abortion Review, she boasted about killing her baby at 22. She said, “It felt positive. It [abortion] is supposed to make us a bad person. But I must say, I never felt that. I used to sit and try and figure out how old the child would be, trying to make myself feel guilty. But I never could! I think the person who said: ‘Honey, if men could get pregnant, abortion would be a sacrament’ was right.”
Then, on another occasion, Steinem boasted about Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion business in America. She said, “There is no organization in this country or the world that is more important than Planned Parenthood.”