The World Health Organization is not one of my favorite groups, but last Friday the United Nations agency released a paper that should have prompted front-page headlines around the globe.

The report, released at WHO’s Regional Committee for the Western Pacific, said more than 50 million women were estimated to be “missing” in China because of the institutionalized killing and neglect of girls due to Beijing’s population control program that limits parents to one child.

Many of the girls were killed while still in the womb — the victims of ultrasound technology that revealed the baby’s sex. Others, WHO said, were starved to death after birth, the victims of violence or were not treated when they became ill.

The report’s statistics showed that in 1994, 117 boys were born for every 100 girls in China. Though baby girls tend to have a higher survival rate than boys, that natural process has been dramatically reversed in China by infanticide, gross neglect, maltreatment and malnutrition of females in a culture that regards boys as more desirable — especially when couples get only one chance at parenthood.

The trend transcends the infancy stage, too, the report shows. Girls are at higher risk than boys of dying before the age of five in China — despite their natural biological advantages.

“In many cases, mothers are more likely to bring their male children to health centers — particularly to private physicians — and they may be treated at an earlier stage of disease than girls,” the paper reported.

Just to put this story in perspective, WHO is documenting what can only de described as the biggest single holocaust in human history — and doing it in a surprisingly clinical and low-key fashion. Nevertheless, it’s stunning, breathtaking news, by any standard. Once again, it shows, centralized, command-and-control government planning has resulted in a slaughter of the innocents. It’s news that cries out for a new word in our vocabulary — “gender-cide.”

But I’ll bet you didn’t read it in any establishment newspaper in America. And I will guaranty you didn’t see it reported on the network news. So, was this story just missed by the big media? Was it reported only by some obscure foreign news agency?

No. And this is the biggest shocker of all. The story was reported by the Associated Press in Sydney, Australia. Now, just so you understand, the Associated Press in Sydney is the very same Associated Press that serves as a cooperative news agency here. Yet, the world’s largest news-gathering organization did not see fit to include the dispatch on its world wire in the West. Apparently, it just wasn’t deemed newsworthy enough. It was dismissed as a story of interest only in Asia — a regional issue.

This strikes me as one of the most colossal of bad news judgments — one that smacks of pure ideologically driven, pro-abortion, pro-population-control, pro-China bias at the national news desk of the Associated Press. What else could possibly explain the spiking of such a news story? Was someone asleep at the switch in Washington? If so, where’s the apology?

And where’s the followup? What an opportunity the Associated Press and other news agencies have to gather reaction to this tragic story. Wouldn’t you love to hear what the National Organization of Women and other population-control apologists have to say about the snuffing out of more than 50 million little girls in one generation? Somehow, I doubt we’ll ever see it. Because the story was ignored by the establishment press, official cover has been provided to the abortion zealots to dismiss the WHO statistics. Instead, we’ll no doubt hear from one of them in the future about how effective the Beijing regime has been in curtailing population growth.

Of course, it’s not unusual for the establishment press in the freest nation in the world to miss some of the biggest stories. What is remarkable in this case is the deliberateness of it. A conscious decision was made in Washington to exclude this story from the domestic news budgets of thousands of newspapers across the United States that rely principally on the Associated Press for their national and international news.

I feel certain that someday God is going to judge parents who kill their children. He’s also going to judge governments that encourage — even force — such murders. But there’s got to be special little place in Hell reserved for those who, aware of such barbarity, go out of their way to cover it up.

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