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Boehner "Deeply Troubled" By Biden's Remarks Condoning China's One-Child Policy

7:19 PM, Aug 22, 2011 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
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In a speech at Sichuan University in China, Vice President Joe Biden said: "Your policy has been one which I fully understand -- I’m not second-guessing -- of one child per family."

Speaker of the House John Boehner responds

“I’m deeply troubled by the comments reportedly made by the Vice President yesterday regarding China’s reprehensible one-child policy, which has resulted in forced sterilizations and coerced abortions and should not be condoned by any American official. No government on Earth has the authority to place quotas on the value of innocent human life, or to treat life as an economic commodity that can be regulated and taken away on a whim by the state. I hope and trust that the Vice President didn’t actually say what has been reported, and that a correction or clarification from the White House will be forthcoming. The Obama administration should be focusing on jobs for the American people, not encouraging foreign governments to utilize abortion as a means of population and deficit control.”

Of course, Biden actually did say that (it was in the official White House transcript). And if the Obama administration really had a problem with China's one-child policy, it wouldn't have reinstated U.S. taxpayer-funding of the UN Population Fund, which helps China carry out its one-child policy.

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