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Contrary1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-19-12 02:02 AM
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Blind Chinese activist Chen and family set to leave for US
Edited on Sat May-19-12 02:05 AM by Contrary1
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"Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng - who was at the centre of a diplomatic crisis with the US - says he is at Beijing's airport, where he expects to leave to go to the US.

The blind activist told reporters he did not have a passport, but believed he was going to New York.

Mr Chen recently spent six days in the US embassy in Beijing after escaping house arrest in north-east China.

He wants to leave China and has been offered a place at New York university.

Chen Guangcheng, a self-taught lawyer who campaigned against forced abortions under China's one-child policy, was jailed for four years in 2006 for disrupting traffic and damaging property, and placed under house arrest after his release in 2010..."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-18127886
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-19-12 03:23 AM
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1. Forced abortions and forced births are two sides of the same coin.
I have mentioned that to my anti-abortion friends for years.

No matter what it is requiring of her at any given time, government just does not belong in any woman's reproductive organs.

Doesn't seem to sink in.



I admit, the analogy is bad because coins have only two sides.

There are also things like forced sterilization and genital mutilation. And inability to have any say in the matter.

So many things.


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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-19-12 03:44 PM
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2. well said....the other considerations about Govt. getting involved with people reproductive lives...
Edited on Sat May-19-12 03:45 PM by KoKo
our history of forced sterilization is so recent. Into the 1970's in North Carolina. And secret military experiments on our Military and Prisoners...probably still going on. We just won't know about it until years from now...if ever. We found out about "torture" early...but, it hasn't seemed to have done much good. Torture is now the "new normal" for "prisoners of war." The endless wars.


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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-20-12 08:19 AM
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3. Forced sterilization is one of the things for which we tried the Nazis at Nuremberg.
So was torture.

So was executing people without a trial.

I thought only people who did NOT know history were doomed to repeat it?
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