Tuesday, December 14, 2004

"Family Planning", Chinese-style and American

According to the US State Department, China's human rights abuses include "coercive family planning, continued use of 're-education through labor' camps, forced incarceration in psychiatric hospitals and torture". That "family planning" (such a nice euphemism, even with the word "coercive" in front of it) includes forced abortions and infanticide. Think about that the next time you hear someone say China's solution to its population problem is a good idea. http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,141496,00.html

Here in America, our "family planning" ( which includes abortion and "partial birth abortion"--the latter of which is an inch away from out and out infanticide) continues to take on elements of our consumer-culture mindset. Here is yet another newspaper article about people going into fertility clinics and placing their orders for a child of one sex or another.

Designer baby articles are commonplace enough, but I did note this line from a medical director of one such clinic: "It's one of the most basic rights in our society that we can build our families the way we wish." No, it is not. Not even in these days of a newly invented "right" appearing every week.

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