Monday, October 08, 2007

China's Stolen Children

Worth watching tonight on Channel 4 at 9pm: China's Stolen Children, which shines a light on yet another tragic side effect of China's savage one-child policy - the booming trade in stolen children.

Incidentally, blind human rights campaigner, Chen Guangcheng, remains in jail after having tried to bring a class action lawsuit against the Chinese government for human rights abuses perpetrated in the course of its population control policy. Amongst other things, Chen uncovered cases of foetuses of up to 9 months gestation which were forcibly aborted.

Oh and guess who pays for the one-child policy? You do.

Funding for the one-child policy comes from UNFPA and IPPF which in turn are funded by the EU and the British government, in other words the taxpayer.


Blogger Renegade Eye said...

Very informative to the point post.

Good blog.

10/15/2007 12:17 AM  
Blogger voltaires said...

See, I don't agree with the one-child policy either. So I would be inclined to agree with you. Except I have the strange feeling that you might be leading up to "therefore we should ban a woman's right to choose because it's an abomination in the eyes of the Lord". Heaven (ahem) knows why I might think that...

10/15/2007 4:33 PM  
Anonymous WorldbyStom said...

Ah well, parallel lines may not converge, but in this instance we're all in general agreement, aren't we?

10/18/2007 12:03 PM  
Blogger voltaires said...

On the specific issue yes, on Ms "anti-abortion leftist"'s motives for writing about it, no.

10/27/2007 11:36 AM  
Blogger Red Maria said...

Eh? My motives for writing about it? Long-standing interest in and opposition to population-control, pure and simple; interest in a particular Dispatches programme revealing that one of the consequences of the Chinese one-child policy has been the growth in a trade in children. If I wanted to write a hard-hitting pro-life post I could have and would have done so and you would have recognised it as such and argued back or not as the case may be. On this occasion, I didn't feel like it.
The Pro-Life movement has led the way in opposing population control, just as it has always opposed eugenics. Having said that, I will also add, first that
there *are* honourable and intellectually consistent pro-choicers who tend to come from the Marxist and socialist-feminist wing of pro-choice by the way, who also oppose population control, Annie Lennox-lookalike Ann Furedi being one, Betsy Hartmann being another.
Equally, there *is* a problem with what I'll call the pro-choice establishment supporting population control - these people tend to come from the right of the pro-choice movement. I carefully distinguish between these two wings in the pro-choice movement.
I would also add that on the whole the Pro-Life movement hasn't done enough thinking about our opposition to population control and eugenics. Lots of us seem to know that we oppose population-control and eugenics but do we really comprehend *why* we do and moreover *what* follows from our reasoning? I find it leads me inexorably in an optimistic direction: I am endlessly impressed, no inspired, by the limitless possibilities of human ingenuity. The Enlightenment and the Industrial Revolution, supreme examples of human creativity and to be celebrated.
Then again, the reformist in me says - aha Bernstein! look at the progress of human history, living standards tend to get better over time, things can only get beddahhhh and a beatific smile settles on my face as I have a moment which is pure Tony Blair.

10/28/2007 7:09 PM  

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