By Dave Andrusko
The National Right to Life Victory Fund is running a series of 54 reasons to defeat Barack Obama. Number 19, which we ran yesterday, summarizes #19 in two words: Joe Biden.
The choice of vice presidents often does offer a window into the soul of the presidential nominee. In this instance, Mr. Biden shared Obama’s core convictions on abortion. “The two had been ideological soul mates on abortion since Obama came to the Senate in 2005, with both Biden and Obama compiling zero percent pro-life voting records during that time.”
Most Americans won’t hear a lot about the Vice President, although in Mr. Biden’s case it’s almost always been when he puts his foot in his mouth. But that is altogether different from non-judgmental comments about something as brutal as China’s “One-Child Policy” which is built around coerced abortion at any point in pregnancy.
We wrote about Mr. Biden’s morally obtuse comment last year as part of a talk he delivered at Sichuan University in China. Here’s what Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), the chairman of Congressional-Executive Commission on China, said last August.
“The Vice President said he ‘fully understood’ the one child policy, and that he’s not ‘second guessing.’ The one child per couple policy is cruel, inhumane and the most egregious systematic attack on women ever. For the Vice President to publicly state that he fully understands the one child policy and say he won’t second guess it is unconscionable. He and all of us should be defending the women of China from this state-sponsored cruelty of forced abortion and forced sterilization, not supporting and enabling it. Chinese women need advocates, not enablers. This Administration has long enabled this cruel policy by its silence and financial support for organizations like UNFPA that support the Chinese government’s brutal program. Tragically, it now offers its public support, as well.”
(Smith also noted that shortly after becoming Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton stated clearly that she was not going to allow human rights to ‘interfere’ with economic issues with China, a clear sign the Obama Administration was downgrading human rights as a priority.)
Pro-life Mitt Romney had no trouble condemning this horrific policy. “China’s one-child policy is gruesome and barbaric,” Romney said in a statement to a Washington Post blog. “Vice President Biden’s acquiescence to such a policy should shock the conscience of every American. Vice President Biden should have condemned it in the strongest possible terms.”
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