Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y.
WASHINGTON – Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., long an outspoken advocate of abortion on demand in the U.S., is speaking out against the forced abortion policies of China, a direct result of Beijing’s strict limits on the number of children parents may bring into the world.
Clinton wrote a letter to President Bush urging him to address the human rights violations occurring in China when he travels there next week. The first issue on the list was forced abortion. She says the Chinese government is using “psychological and economic pressure and threats to force women to terminate pregnancies,” according to the New York Sun.
The senator labeled China’s one-child policy a “fundamental injustice” and went further to speak out against the restrictions of religious freedom, the need for worker’s rights and the oppression of Tibet, which she advised Bush to speak about to Chinese President Hu Jintao.
Clinton favors public funding of abortions and opposes parental consent laws for minors.
She is expected to seek the Democratic nomination for the presidency in 2008.