Yesterday, the Planned Parenthood abortion business named Leana Wen as its new president to replace abortion activist Cecile Richards. She quickly called killing babies in abortions “lifesaving work.”
Wen currently serves as the Commissioner of Health for the City of Baltimore and in that capacity she put her pro-abortion views front and center as she attempted to force pregnancy centers that provide women with abortion alternatives and pregnancy options to promote abortions.
But while Wen has had plenty of time to promote abortion, she has refused to condemn a practice in her native country that should be a no-brainer to condemn. During its population control regime, seventy million unborn baby girls were aborted—killed in the womb simply because they were female.
Wen is a Chinese-American and she and her family fled from China just before her 8th birthday. They were granted political asylum in the United States and became U.S. citizens in 2003. As a leading health official and a prominent Chinese-American and someone who claims to be interested in women’s rights and women’s health, a horrendous abrogation of the rights and health of women would be an obvious thing for Wen to speak out against right? Apparently not.
Wen has refused to speak out against or condemn the terrible phenomenon of sex-selection abortions and female gendercide in her native China. A Google search indicates she has never made any public comments about the practice of targeting girl babies in abortions or the practice of killing girl babies in infanticides because the pro-male cultural more’ in China disfavors girl babies.
And sex-selection abortions, in addition to killing girls, has left China with a gender imbalance that has produced everything from increased prostitution and sex-trafficking to abducting and kidnapping girls because men are having a hard time finding wives.
“Nothing like this has happened in human history,” the Washington Post’s Simon Denyer and Annie Gowen reported recently. “A combination of cultural preferences, government decree and modern medical technology in the world’s two largest countries has created a gender imbalance on a continental scale. Men outnumber women by 70 million in China and India.”
The Washington Post focuses on the problems associated with the developing world’s gender imbalance such as:
“Village life and mental health. Among men, loneliness and depression are widespread. Villages are emptying out. Men are learning to cook and perform other chores long relegated to women.
“Housing prices and savings rates. Bachelors are furiously building houses in China to attract wives, and prices are soaring. But otherwise they are not spending, and that in turn fuels China’s huge trade surplus. In India, there is the opposite effect: Because brides are scarce, families are under less pressure to save for expensive dowries.
“Human trafficking. Trafficking of brides is on the rise. Foreign women are being recruited and lured to China, effectively creating similar imbalances in China’s neighbors.
“Public safety. With the increase in men has come a surge in sexual crime in India and concerns about a rise in other crimes in both countries. Harassment of schoolgirls in India has in some towns sparked an effort to push back — but at a cost of restricting them to more protected lives.”
Former Planned Parenthood abortion clinic director Abby Johnson told LifeNews she also noticed that Wen has refused to condemn female gendercide in China.
“Especially unsettling about Dr. Wen is her failure to take a stance against the abhorrent forced abortions in her native country. If she truly believes in female empowerment, she would spend more time fighting for them and less time fighting bureaucracy,” Johnson said.
So why has Wen steadfastly refused to condemn sex-selection abortions targeting girls in her native land? As Eric Metaxas explains, it’s likely because that would expose the flaws in the abortion manta she and Planned Parenthood hold dear.
“I suspect it’s because nobody likes to be faced with the fact that their worldview is flawed—in this case, tragically so,” he writes.
For decades, western family planning groups, such as International Planned Parenthood Fund and the United Nations Population Fund, have promoted abortion on a massive scale as the solution to many of the world’s problems. They’ve worked with leaders in both China and India, urging them to bring down their population levels through abortion and sterilization.
The result? Seventy million men, who expected to marry and rear children, are desperately lonely. “Brides” are kidnapped from other countries. Forced prostitution and assaults on women are on the rise.
Ironically, many of the parents who aborted their baby daughters in favor of sons will never have grandchildren: There are no women for their sons to marry.
Abortion proponents portray abortion as a social good that allows women control over their own bodies. But in India and China—and sometimes in the West, as well—abortion has given women LESS control. They are forced, by their government or their husband’s relatives, to kill their unborn daughters.
The story of those 70 million missing women reminds us that our worldview, how we see reality, how we define what is good or bad, will affect how we live—as individuals and as a society.
Wen now has a massive platform as Planned Parenthood’s president to condemn sex-selection abortions. If she continues to refuse to do so it will only prove she cares more about abortion than women.