On Wednesday, after six days holed up inside the American embassy, he emerged and was taken to a nearby hospital. U.S. officials said they had extracted from the Chinese government a promise that Chen would reunite with his family and be allowed to start a new life in a university town.
Hours later, however, a shaken Chen told The Associated Press in a telephone interview from his hospital room that U.S. officials told him the Chinese authorities would have sent his family back to his home province if he remained inside the embassy......
Chen, 40, said he never asked to leave China or for asylum in the U.S. and said American officials reassured him they would accompany him out of the embassy. At the hospital, Chen was reunited with his wife, his daughter and a son he hasn't seen in at least two years. But after they got to his room in Chaoyang Hospital, he said no U.S. officials stayed behind and that the family is now scared and wants to leave the country.
"The embassy told me that they would have someone accompany me the whole time," he said. "But today when I got to the ward, I found that there was not a single embassy official here, and so I was very unsatisfied. I felt they did not tell me the truth on this issue."
Jonathan Kay on forced abortions in China.
Canadians in particular might want to pay close attention. Here at home, liberals are hyper-sensitive to the passage of any abortion law, on the exaggerated fear that the prohibition of, say, third- or second-trimester abortions might set us down a slippery slope to a world in which abortion is outlawed completely, at any point in gestation. On such slippery-slope logic do we remain the only developed nation in the world where it is entirely legal to abort a fetus at any stage of development and viability, for any reason whatsoever — or no reason at all.
The Linyi example shows us that the slippery-slope argument works the other way, too: Once abortion becomes widely available, commonly practiced, and state-sanctioned, citizens and government officials become jaded to the human reality of birth and procreation. Instead, the fetus is seen as an inanimate prop of social policy, to be terminated according to whim and expedience.
Even a blind man could see that this is an evil path.
A pro-choice candidate in Connecticut has gotten in trouble with NARAL as he highlighted the absurdity of his own seemingly "personally prolife, poltically pro-choice" position by calling abortion "repugnant."
Andrew Roraback was invited to a Connecticut NARAL event Sunday, but language he used during a 5th District Republican debate may have gotten him uninvited.
Roraback has said, and repeated during a Monday debate, that while he finds abortion "personally repugnant," he remains pro-choice, and does not believe that the government should make that choice for women.....
"I've been standing up for a woman's right to choose for 18 years and I will continue to do so as a member of congress," Roraback said in response. "The fact that the procedure and what it entails is something that I would never wish to be a party to doesn't diminish my conviction."