Free Chen, Free China, Free the Children in the Womb from Forced Abortion
to ensure that Chen Guangcheng, his family members and all those who have helped him are removed from harm's way and do not suffer any further abuse or retaliation for Chen's bold and courageous efforts to save his family and improve human rights for all in China."
The "one child policy" in China is overlooked by some other members of Congress who are Pro-Life - but not by Chris Smith. He is a faithful Catholic who is morally coherent. He knows that the Pro-Life position is not simply a "religious" position - it is a human rights position. He is a human rights hero. He does not compromise on fundamental human rights in order to promote economic agendas.
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) is the chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. She released a statement on Thursday: "It should have been obvious to U.S. officials all along that there is no way to guarantee Mr. Chen's safety so long as he is within reach of the Chinese police state. The U.S. should not have given in to Chinese pressure for Chen to be taken out of the safety of the U.S. embassy."
"This case is a high-profile reminder of the terrible human rights situation in China that too often has gone unchallenged by the United States. Time and again, U.S. officials have chosen not to raise the Chinese regime's abuse of dissidents, brutal forced abortion policy, suppression of free speech, and denial of basic human rights."
"The Administration must support Mr. Chen's freedom to choose where he and his family can live in safety. Failing to ensure Mr. Chen's safety would send a negative message to all those around the world struggling against oppression, and make them question whether the United States will stand with them or their oppressors."
In addition to the Communist regime's crimes against humanity such as forced abortion and sterilization, they persecute Christians and other religious believers - with a special hatred directed against the Catholic Church. I regularly write about the horrid persecution of faithful Catholics by the Communist Regime currently ruling mainland China. Their plight also needs to be known. We are bound to them in the solidarity of our Baptism and we need to pray and act on their behalf.
Sadly, because the Maoist Atheists ruling China now wear business suits, smile a lot, and hold commercial paper which represents a substantial amount of American I.O.U.'s, few politicians in either major political party have the courage to call them out for their egregious human rights abuses.
With our growing economic reliance and dependence upon the Regime in China: Are we sacrificing our fundamental obligation to defend human freedom and fundamental human rights because we depend on the economic assistance of a repressive regime?
In August of 2011, Vice President Joe Biden visited China. This Vice president who claims to be a practicing Catholic failed to oppose the brutality of forced abortions and sterilization. He remained silent before a brutal regime which subjects parents who have more than one child to fines, human rights abuses, beatings and imprisonment.
He said he would not "second guess" this murderous policy. The Vice President addressed these communist materialists with an argument rooted in another version of materialism, an American form of materialism which does not value the dignity of the human person but also views them as commodities, just in a different way.
The treatment of children as commodities in China, products to be accumulated only with the permission of the Central Government, seems horribly unjust to most observers, and rightly so. However, at its root, is it that different than the current abortion culture of the West?
In the West, it is not the Government which issues a permit, allowing a couple to conceive. Instead the so called abortion "right", created out of whole cloth by unelected Judges, is now enforced by the Police Power of the State.
This positive "law", which violates the Natural Law, 'allows' the parents of a child to secure the services of a medical professional to take her life in the womb for any reason, up to and including the ninth month of pregnancy, if she is not wanted.
This can be done through any number of means from dismemberment, to suction or chemical weapons which are administered in utero. The brutality of these procedures is hidden behind the wall of the womb, once the safest place on earth.
Whenever children become commodities, all of humanity suffers. The most egregious example is the forced abortion policy of the Regime in mainland China. This is the human rights issue which Chen Guangcheng has spoken out against with such courage. As a result, he is being denied his fundamental human rights and his family is in imminent danger.
We call upon the Obama administration to act on behalf of Chen Guangcheng, his wife, their children and his mother. Stand up for their fundamental human rights by demanding that the Chinese authorities allow this family to leave China.
Free Chen, Free His Wife and Family, Free China and Free the Children in the Womb from Forced Abortion.
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Pope Benedict XVI's Prayer Intentions for January 2013
General Intention: The Faith of Christians. That in this Year of Faith Christians may deepen their knowledge of the mystery of Christ and witness joyfully to the gift of faith in him.
Missionary Intention: Middle Eastern Christians. That the Christian communities of the Middle East, often discriminated against, may receive from the Holy Spirit the strength of fidelity and perseverance.
Keywords: Chen Guangcheng, House Arrest, one child policy, Chris Smith, Hillary Clinton, Chinese regime, maoist, peoples republic, persecution, Deacon Keith Fournier
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