September 24, 2010 – Congressman Trent Franks (AZ-02) today released the following statement in response to President Obama's meeting yesterday with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and in light of tomorrow's significance as the 30th anniversary of China's notorious one-child policy:
"As tomorrow marks the 30th anniversary of China's brutal, oppressive, inhumane 'one-child' policy, one would hope that President Obama would have taken advantage of his face-to-face meeting yesterday with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao to express absolute opposition to a policy that results in millions of coerced abortions ever year. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the conversation bore no mention of China's unspeakable human rights violations.
"For someone who says he cares about 'women's rights,' as President Obama so often claims when promoting abortion-on-demand, Mr. Obama seems disturbingly unperturbed by the fact that, even today, pregnant Chinese women were dragged off the streets and forced to endure the murder of their child, either because the Chinese government determined they shouldn't have more than one, or because they had the 'nerve' to conceive without a government license to do so.
"Moreover, it would seem that ignoring China's overwhelming record of human rights violations is an Administration-wide policy. Just last February, while addressing China's appalling human rights record during a trip to China, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton shockingly said, '... our pressing on those issues can't interfere with the global economic crisis, the global climate change crisis, and the security crisis.' I can hardly sum up the Administration's deplorably skewed priorities better than Mrs. Clinton herself.
"Because of the traditional preference for boys in China, as many as 40 million Chinese baby girls have been murdered since the one-child policy’s institution, not to mention the millions who are simply abandoned. This ghastly trend has led to huge demographic disparities, with ratios of 160 men for every 100 women in some areas. And by creating a black market for little boys, this policy almost singlehandedly accounts for the abduction of 190 Chinese boys every single day. The incredible strain such an oppressive atmosphere places on mothers has caused the suicide rate amongst Chinese women to reach epidemic proportions, with 500 Chinese women killing themselves every day, a number unheard of in other parts of the world.
"If Barack Obama cannot find his tongue to condemn an inhumanity of this magnitude, he has lost his way as a human being."