More on coercive and/or sanctioned abortions for gender reasons in China, this time on MSNBC and the Associated Press (not some pro-life sites a la PRI...Barry):
Some of the more telling remarks:
"'The loss of female births due to illegal prenatal sex determination and sex-selective abortions and female infanticide will affect the true sex ratio at birth and at young ages, creating an unbalanced population sex structure in the future and resulting in potentially serious social problems.'"While this was said by Peking University's chief demographer in 1993, the MSNBC reporter prefaced it by saying,
"China's own population experts have been warning for years about the looming gender crisis."That reporter details more:
"According to a report by the International Planned Parenthood Federation, the vast majority of aborted fetuses, more than 70 percent, were female, citing the abortion of up to 750,000 female fetuses in China in 1999."
"The 'Girl Care Project'...aims to end pre-birth sex selection, as well as 'attacking the criminal activities of drowning and abandoning baby girls...'"And from the Associated Press via Newsday:
"'If UNFPA would stop giving the 'seal of approval' [to the reality that China's]... birth limitation program clearly has coercive elements in law and in practice..., I think we could move the ball along quite a bit more,' said [Kelly] Ryan [deputy assistant secretary of state for the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration]."Apparently she made this known to UNFPA's executive board last Wednesday, though of course, they still "cited a U.S. government report that found no evidence that it 'knowingly supported or participated in ... coercive abortion or involuntary sterilization' in China." That "U.S. Government report" I've discussed elsewhere at length several times (and it's actually followed up by a second and third not-so-good government "report card"), pointing out that it said a whole lot more--and more damning stuff about UNFPA--than what they selectively quote to justify their existence. (BTW, can our readers click through to that link I just inserted in this prior sentence? Please let me know, OK? I seem to be having technical difficulties pulling up anything on our pro-choice friend's blog)
HT: K-Lo at The Corner.
UDPATE DEC. 14, 2006: Also happening in India.