Biden Publicly Approves of China’s One-Child Policy
Vice President Joseph Biden is, by all accounts, an amiable man. He’s also a Catholic, a fact he alludes to fairly often, especially on the campaign trail. Both his amiability and Catholicism lead one to believe he would respond appropriately to the most basic form of cruelty and injustice.
That’s not the case, however. Biden spoke yesterday at Sichuan University in Chengdu, Sichuan China on our nation’s growing debt. In comparing China to the U.S. Biden made the following comment on China’s monstrous “one child policy”:
“What we ended up doing is setting up a system whereby we did cut by $1.2 trillion upfront, the deficit over the next 10 years. And we set up a group of senators that have to come up with another $1.2 to $1.7 trillion in savings or automatically there will be cuts that go into effect in January to get those savings. So the savings will be accomplished. 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. The result being that you’re in a position where one wage earner will be taking care of four retired people. Not sustainable.”
Let’s be clear about what our Catholic vice president is saying to Chinese university students — he “understands” the policy, which means he views it as a rational response to China’s stewardship of its resources, and he’s “not second-guessing” it, which means he has no moral objections.
The “one-child policy” has been in effect since 1979. It allows urban families to have only one child, while families in rural areas are allowed a second child if the first is a girl or suffers from some sort of physical or mental defect. Families who break these quotas receive large and debilitating fines called “maintenance fees.”
This policy has been condemned by the Catholic Church from the beginning. It has devastated family life and created a large imbalance in population demographics, i.e., a vast shortage of women.
Pope Benedict XVI has stated that, “The extermination of millions of unborn children, in the name of the fight against poverty, actually constitutes the destruction of the poorest of all human beings.”
The Chinese government itself considers the policy a great success; the one-child policy translated into three to four hundred million fewer people in 2008. That number is worth repeating: “Three to four hundred million fewer people.”
Infanticide, abortion, and contraception, of course, are the means used by Chinese families to avoid “maintenance fees.”
How can our Vice President, even at the most human level, fail to utter a word of protest in the face of such an unnatural and barbaric practice? Failing that, wouldn’t his Catholic faith dictate to Biden an obligation to not offer the Chinese his approval and tacitly that of the U.S. government?
This is just one more reason, an egregious one, why we at Catholic Advocate have come together to be a public voice for our Church.
By Deal Hudson, President of Catholic Advocate