China, Abortion and Forced Sterilizations: Joe Biden, John Holdren, and President Obama’s Double Think
Observers of the Obama White House should not be surprised by Vice-President Joe Biden’s seeming endorsement of China’s one child policy. It is a coercive policy maintained by forced abortions and sterilization. Biden works with the same president who appointed John Holdren as science czar. Holdren is the Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, Assistant to the President for Science and Technology, and Co-Chair of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. In 1977, Holdren co-authored Ecoscience with Anne and Paul Ehrlich. It is a book that endorsed coercive policies for global population control.
John Lott has pointed out a few of the Ecoscience’s choice quotes: “Holdren wrote that ‘it has been concluded that compulsory population-control laws, even including laws requiring compulsory abortion, could be sustained under the existing Constitution if the population crisis became sufficiently severe to endanger the society.’” Moreover, ”In a future society, “It would even be possible to require pregnant single women to marry or have abortions, perhaps as an alternative to placement for adoption, depending on the society.”
In fairness to Joe Biden, what he said was much milder. Biden told Chinese officials: “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,” Mr. Biden said. “The result being that you’re in a position where one wage earner will be taking care of four retired people. Not sustainable.”
Of course, the Obama White House is trying to walk back Biden’s comments. In other words, the White House is trying to place a positive spin on what came straight from the horse’s mouth. What I find most astonishing is the double think (holding two inconsistent views) and disregard for human rights that cause leaders to endorse programs and policies totally antithetical to the values and principles they profess to hold.