Word has come out that Chinese pro-life dissident Chen Guangcheng made a daring escape under the cloak of darkness on April 22 to the U.S. embassy in Beijing, where he is now holed up. Chen was previously imprisoned for four years and was currently under house arrest for exposing China’s forced sterilization and abortion atrocities.
The renewed attention to China’s forced one-child policy is certainly an embarrassment to its government. Recall last December actor Christian Bale also brought attention to Chen after being blocked by goons while trying to visit him.
And the timing of Chen’s flight is inconvenient for ours, with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner scheduled to travel to China later this week for diplomatic talks on the economy.
This stuff of movies has a subplot, since President Barack Obama and Clinton are both avid abortion supporters.
How uncomfortable for the Obama administration this incident must be, since it ultimately results in a clash of values, pitting political diplomacy against human rights violations of pregnant mothers and their babies. The last thing they want to do is become actively involved in China’s abortion policy.
While Clinton and the State Department have repeatedly called for Chen’s release, they will now have to move beyond talking the talk to walking the walk. Recall Clinton also said in 2009, “But our pressing on [human rights] issues can’t interfere with the global economic crisis, the global climate change crisis and the security crises.”
Also recall pro-abortion Vice President Joe Biden infamously told the Chinese last August, “Your policy has been one which I fully understand – I’m not second-guessing – of one child per family.”
So we know where the Obama administration ultimately stands. Global warming ranks higher than forced abortions. But Chen’s seeking refuge from the U.S. is something they can’t ignore. The world is now watching.
Presidential politics are now also at play, with Republican candidate Mitt Romney calling on Obama to “take every measure” to protect Chen. What will Americans think if pragmatic Obama does what he really wants to do and return Chen to the Communist regime?
Thus, once again abortion has taken center stage, as much as liberals and the mainstream media would like to make it go away. (The Washington Examiner’s Timothy Carney notes in a piece today that WashPo totally bypassed what exactly makes Chen a dissident in a 1300 word story today, as do other news reports.)
In December 2011 Chen’s horrific field notes (link down at present/site sabotage suspected) were entered into the record at a Congressional hearing about China’s forced sterilization and abortion atrocities.
But the atrocities allegedly continue. Last month another dissident managed to post a photo and story of a full-term baby who was aborted alive and drowned in a bucket of water….