Friday, May 08, 2009

Ted Turner: China a Good Example of Population Control, Despite Forced Abortions

Washington, DC (

Billionaire broadcast magnate Ted Turner is causing guffaws from observers with his latest comment on family planning in China. He lauded the Asian nation for its population control program and said it was a good example even though it is rife with forced abortions and sterilizations.

During an interview with the Diane Rehm Show gave China as a model for how to handle growing populations.

“We do have the example of China, and they've done it without, uh, draconian, as far as I can see, draconian steps," he said.

Observers of the quote are surprised that Rehm let it go unchallenged and without any mention of the human rights abuses that accompany the Chinese family planning program.

The policy has resulted in epidemics of forced abortions and sterilizations and human rights abuses ranging from job loss and imprisonment to house arrest and threatening family members.

In fact, new reports show the forced abortions have resulted in high infertility rates forced abortions. A new report indicates that has sparked infertility and given rise to an underground network of surrogate mothers.

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