Joe Biden’s statements on the campaign trail continue to raise serious concerns about his stance on basic human rights for all.
From calling the killing of unborn babies in abortions a “right,” to refusing to condemn China’s oppressive one-child policy, the Democrat presidential candidate has shown a blatant disregard for human life.
Now, he is facing criticism for quoting communist dictator Mao Zedong, a former Chinese leader described by the Washington Post as “the biggest mass murderer in the history of the world.”
According to The Federalist, Biden has quoted Mao at least five times recently, including during an online fundraiser Monday.
“We’ve got to get real economic relief into women’s hands now,” Biden said Monday, adding, “Women hold up half the sky.”
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“Women hold up half the sky” is a quote from Mao, whose philosophy is not worthy of imitation. Some experts estimate that Mao’s communist program killed as many as 65 million Chinese. During his infamous “Great Leap Forward,” an economic plan supposedly designed to bring prosperity, the Chinese people were forced to work in labor communes that resulted in widespread famine. Mao ruled as chairman of the Chinese Communist Party from 1949 until his death in 1976.
Mao also ushered in oppressive population control measures in the 1970s that led to forced and coerced abortions and the one child policy. Exactly how many unborn babies and mothers have been abused and killed under these measures is unknown, but reports indicate that human rights abuses continue in China.
Last week, the Trump administration sanctioned Communist Chinese leaders based on new reports exposing on-going forced abortions and sterilizations against Muslims and other minorities in China.
“The United States will not stand idly by as the [Chinese Communist Party] carries out human rights abuses targeting Uighurs, ethnic Kazakhs, and members of other minority groups in Xinjiang, to include forced labor, arbitrary mass detention, and forced population control, and attempts to erase their culture and Muslim faith,” U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement last week.
British MPs also are urging their government to take action against China, some likening its persecution of minorities to “genocide,” according to Yahoo News.
Hundreds of thousands of Uighur women are being subjected to state pregnancy testing, forcibly sterilized and forced to abort their unborn babies, the Associated Press reported earlier this month. Additionally, at least 1 million Uighurs have been placed in “re-education” camps since in 2017, PBS News reports. And, according to the AP, one of the main reasons for their detention is having too many children.
The Daily Beast reports: “One woman, After Gulnar Omirzakh, said the government ordered her to have an IUD inserted after her third child. Two years later, officials turned up at her house and told her she had three days to pay a $2,685 fine for having more than two children. She said: ‘God bequeaths children on you. To prevent people from having children is wrong… They want to destroy us as a people.’”
Other reports accuse China of harvesting prisoners’ organs.
After the AP report broke, Chinese government leaders slammed it as “fake news.” However, the findings are not new.
Early in his presidency, President Donald Trump took a strong stand for the rights of women and children when he defunded the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) of tens of millions of taxpayer dollars because of its connections to forced abortions in China.
But it appears likely that Biden would restore that funding as President Barack Obama did during his administration. Democrat presidents have a history of funding UNFPA.
According to the Family Research Council, both Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush cut off funding to the UNFPA during their administrations. In 1993, President Bill Clinton resumed funding for UNFPA, but for fiscal year 1999 signed a foreign aid appropriations bill that zeroed out funding for UNFPA. Funding to UNFPA was again completely cut off under President George W. Bush, with leaders citing “coerced abortions” as a main reason.
President Obama resumed U.S. taxpayer funding of UNFPA in 2009. From 2009 to 2016, over $300 million was appropriated for UNFPA.
Biden was vice president under Obama, and he promised that one of his first acts as president would be to restore funding to Planned Parenthood, the billion-dollar abortion chain. Recently, he also abandoned his long-time support for the Hyde Amendment and embraced his party’s position on taxpayer-funded abortions.
UNFPA has been found to be complicit with coercive population control in China in the past. The agency denies that it has supported forced abortion. According to a Washington Times report, however, UNFPA’s former head, Dr. Nafis Sadik, received the Population Prize Award from the Chinese State Family Planning Commission in 2002.
For many years, pro-life advocates have been exposing China’s massive human rights abuses through its oppressive population control measures. Under its one child policy, the communist country forced women to abort their unborn babies through all nine months of pregnancy and penalized families with huge fines and jail time if they had a second child.
About five years ago, China loosened its one child policy, but pro-life advocates warned that forced abortion and sterilization practices continue.
A recent BBC report indicates that families remain fearful of the population control officials. One family shared how they tried to hide a pregnancy from the government and then suffered the consequences. The husband was kidnapped and beaten and the wife forced to abort their unborn child more than six months into the pregnancy.