War on Women Is ‘Very Real’– In China, Lawmaker Says

By Penny Starr | May 4, 2012 | 1:20pm EDT

Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) speaks at a hearing on Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng on May 3, 2012 in Washington, D.C. (CNSNews.com/Penny Starr)

(CNSNews.com) – Forced abortions by the Chinese government to make citizens comply with its one-child population control policy is the real war on women, Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) said on Thursday.

CNSNews.com interviewed Smith after his hearing on the status of Chinese pro-life activist Chen Guangcheng, who escaped government house arrest and took refuge in the U.S. Embassy before leaving and seeking asylum.

Smith was asked about the war on women that Democrats claim is being waged by Republicans who oppose portions of the Obama health care law that would require people who oppose abortion to pay for drugs that cause them through insurance plans.

“The war on women is very real, and it’s being employed by the Chinese government every day of the week against Chinese women, including mothers, but also against unborn baby girls who are killed simply because they happen to be female,” Smith said.

“And the number of sex-selection abortions in China has no parallel,” Smith said. “It is the direct consequence of the one-child-per-couple policy, and unfortunately, the Obama administration has given money to the very organization – the (United Nations) population fund – that defends to the hilt the one-child-per-couple policy and says it ought to be replicated around the world.”

According to a 2009 article in China Daily, Chinese data show that 13 million abortions are performed each year, for an average rate of 35,000 a day.

A 2011 report by the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy states that in 2000 more than half of abortions in China were a result of prenatal sex selection.

Smith called the Democrat charge “nonsense” and said that the Obama administration should be helping Chen and his battle against the Chinese government’s forced abortion and sterilization policies.

“They ought to be standing firm with Chen Guangcheng and fighting for his asylum and, on an every day basis, be fighting against China’s forced abortion policy,” Smith said.

Smith is a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and chairman of its Africa, Global Health and Human Rights Subcommittee and chairman of the Congressional Executive Commission on China.

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