Biden Retracts China Comment That Angered Abortion Foes

Wednesday, 24 Aug 2011 01:09 PM

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Vice President Joe Biden traveled all the way to China on a goodwill mission, and ended up getting into a fight with abortion foes back home for sympathizing with the communist country’s one-child policy. The blowback prompted the vice president to retract his comments.

Concerned Women for America said, "Vice President Biden's approval of China's one-child policy, which uses forced abortion to enforce the law, crosses the lines of ignorant and wrong,” NPR’s It’s All Politics blog reported.

Biden’s comments came in response to a question about China’s holding $1 trillion in U.S. debt. The vice president, perhaps seeking common ground, explained that the United States and China share a problem in that there are fewer workers to support an aging population.

“But as I was talking to some of your leaders, 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,” he said. “The result being that you're in a position where one wage earner will be taking care of four retired people. Not sustainable.”

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney called the one-child policy “gruesome and barbaric” and said Biden should have condemned it, according to The Washington Post.

Biden ended up doing exactly that, in retrospect.

Biden spokeswoman Kendra Barkoff issued a statement Tuesday saying: “The Obama administration strongly opposes all aspects of China’s coercive birth limitation policies, including forced abortion and sterilization.


“The vice president believes such practices are repugnant. He also pointed out, in China, that the policy is, as a practical matter, unsustainable. He was arguing against the one-child policy to a Chinese audience.”

China’s policy prohibits most couples from having more than one child and reportedly also has sparked infanticide, particularly of girls.



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