While speaking in front of a Chinese audience at Sichuan University Vice President Joseph Biden expressed an understanding of China’s One Child Policy. That’s right people the pro-choice Vice President of The United States Joe Biden said that he “fully” understood the controversial one-child population control measure currently being forced upon the Chinese people. This is truly fascinating to me, because frankly Mr. Vice President I do not understand this policy at all.
Now I think the world is aware that Vice President Biden has created something of a name for himself with his uncanny ability to insert his foot into his mouth at the worst moments. This statement made yesterday is no exception. I am not sure if Vice President Biden thought criticizing the economic future of the One Child Policy would leave a stronger impact on his Chinese audience, but it’s obvious to me that a U.S. official should be attacking this barbaric policy for its obvious infringement on basic human rights not its economic sustainability.
Instead of denouncing China’s state-mandated one-child system, which includes forced abortions and sterilizations and hefty fines for non-compliance, Biden chose to focus on the economic problems this policy presents. What he really should have done was not bring it up since the purpose of his visit, and speech, was to assuage fears over America’s downgraded credit rating in a country that possesses $1.2 trillion in U.S. Treasury holdings. Here’s how our Vice President so eloquently put it:
BIDEN:“…you share a similar concern here in China. You have no safety net. Your policy has been one which I fully understand – I’m not second-guessing – of one child per family. The result being that you’re in a position where one wage earner will be taking care of four retired people. Not sustainable.” (See video of the comments above at ~38:00 mark)
I’m sorry, but doesn’t Vice President Biden claim to be pro-choice? As in he believes in a woman’s right to choose? In his own book, Promises to Keep, by Joe Biden he writes that he:
“remembers vividly the first time, in 1973, I had to go to the floor to vote on abortion. A fellow Senator asked how I would vote. My position is that I am personally opposed to abortion, but I don’t think I have a right to impose my view on the rest of society. I’ve thought a lot about it, and my position probably doesn’t please anyone. I think the government should stay out completely. I will not vote to overturn the Court’s decision. I will not vote to curtail a woman’s right to choose abortion. But I will also not vote to use federal funds to fund abortion.” Biden goes on to say that, “I stuck to my middle-of-the-road position on abortion for more than 30 years. I still vote against partial birth abortion and federal funding, and I’d like to make it easier for scared young mothers to choose not to have an abortion, but I will also vote against aconstitutional amendment that strips a woman of her right to make her own choice.”
Source: Promises to Keep, by Joe Biden, p.104-105 Jul 31, 2007
As a result of this gendercide there were over 120 boys for every 100 girls in 2010, resulting in an estimated 20 to 30 million surplus in Chinese men. If what you wrote in your book Mr. Vice President is what you truly believe then how can you possibly say that you “fully understand” China's One Child Policy, which is enforced through forced abortion and involuntary sterilization? This state mandate is the opposite of a right to choose.
See disturbing 2007 NPR story on forced abortions in China here.