The White House today broke its silence on Joe Biden’s troubling remarks about China’s one-child policy, tasking a spokesman with cleaning up damage done by the Vice President while speaking at China’s Sichuan University earlier this week. Unfortunately, the walkback doesn’t go nearly far enough to clearly assert our nation’s position on this brutal policy.
National Review Online notes Speaker Boehner’s concerns:
“If the Obama Administration truly opposes the one-child policy and truly cares about undoing the damage the Vice President’s comments have caused, the Vice President himself – or his boss, the President of the United States – should personally go on record immediately and unequivocally right the wrong.
“Secondly, if the Obama administration is serious about its opposition to the one-child policy, the President should immediately halt U.S. contributions to the U.N. Population Fund, which has been linked in China to the one-child policy. President George W. Bush stopped U.S. contributions to the UNFPA in 2002, but they were resumed by President Obama when he took office in 2009, on the grounds that the fund doesn’t ‘directly’ support abortion.
“Until these two basic actions have been taken, the effect of the Biden incident is that the perpetrators of the one-child policy – the people with the power and authority to reverse it, and end the forced sterilizations and coercive abortions the policy has spawned – have been given further reason to believe that the United States government does not object to the one-child policy and doesn’t mind if it continues…”
The President and the Vice President must step up and personally address the confusion they’ve created with their words and deeds. The world is watching.
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