Wednesday, June 02, 2010

I think we've heard this excuse before

Marie Stopes International uses UNFPA's excuse:

MARIE STOPES, the British birth-control charity, has sparked anger from women's rights campaigners by setting up a chain of abortion clinics in China, where the country's population control policies routinely pressure women into terminating their pregnancies.

Marie Stopes International (MSI) has opened five outlets in China's eastern province of Jiangsu. Here the selective abortion of girls has led to a gender imbalance of up to 131 boys for every 100 girls.

The closeness of MSI's relationship with the Chinese government was shown earlier this month when Li Bin, its population minister, visited the MSI offices in London and an abortion clinic in Bristol.

Plans are under way to set up three more MSI abortion clinics in China. Marie Stopes argues that its influence will help to change Chinese attitudes and promote the notion of women's choice.

Dana Hovig, MSI's chief executive, said the charity's policy was helping to introduce notions of "voluntarism, choice and informed consent" into the provision of abortion in China. He added that it provided contraceptive services, sex education and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases in addition to abortions.

Hovig said Li Bin was visiting Britain to see how MSI's initiative in China could be expanded. "The minister wanted to see how you can take voluntarism and choice into account and still deal with the population pressures China faces. Marie Stopes represents the good guys," said Hovig.

Yes, that is the sound of cynical laughter you can hear.
Kate Hoey gets the point that this blogger has made time and again: you, dear taxpayer, are subsidising the Chinese government's brutal one-child policy.
Kate Hoey, the Labour MP, said: “I don’t see why British taxpayers’ money via the NHS should in any way be supporting Chinese government policies.

“It’s very sad that an organisation like Marie Stopes doesn’t reflect more on the grotesque human rights abuses that take place there.”

Quite so. But what's a mere bagatelle like human rights when there's a growth market to exploit, eh?


Anonymous Hestor said...

Thank you for alerting us to this atrocity.

6/02/2010 3:06 PM  
Anonymous Mr. Piccolo said...

Disgusting. It is a shame more vitriol is not directed at the PRC government. I suppose once business interests were able to exploit cheap Chinese labor, the government of the PRC became more acceptable to official opinion.

6/12/2010 1:49 PM  
Blogger Paul said...

Completely off topic. The other day I came across this breath-taking quotation (possibly taken out of context, although it was in a reputable scholarly essay), which put me in mind of your series of a few months ago about "expert" attitudes to sexual abuse:

"It is difficult to understand why a child, except for its cultural conditioning, should be disturbed at having its genitalia touched." (Kinsey, Sexual Behavior of the Human Female, 1953, p. 121)

6/21/2010 1:33 PM  

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