RU-486 AND CHINA: THE CLINTON LEGACY OF SHAME CONTINUES
by David Sisler
George Washington: "Happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected."
Thomas Jefferson: "God who gave us life, gave us liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God? Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just and His justice cannot sleep forever."
Theodore Roosevelt: "Honesty is not so much a credit as an absolute prerequisite to efficient service to the public. Unless a man is honest, we have no right to keep him in public life; it matters not how brilliant his capacity..."
Ronald Reagan: "If you refuse to have any consideration for any moral standards or guidelines, you are in effect, saying, ‘There are none.'"
William Jefferson Clinton (July, 1974): "If a President of the United States ever lied to the American people, he should resign."
William Jefferson Clinton (October, 1995): "The road to tyranny, we must never forget, begins with the destruction of the truth."
William Jefferson Clinton (August, 1998): "I never had sex with that woman, Miss Lewinsky."
One of the enduring legacies of the Clinton Presidency is his continual degradation of women: the willing – Gennifer Flowers and Monica Lewinsky; and the unwilling – Paula Jones and Kathleen Willey and Juanita Broaderick. The audacity of those encounters is matched only by the unmitigated support of Mr. Clinton by radical feminists. Now comes the president's ultimate degradation of women – William Jefferson Clinton and RU-486.
Consider the following time line. One, RU-486, the "morning after" abortion pill, is invented in France. Two, President George Bush bars the importation of RU-486 to America. Three, the FDA, under the approval of the Clinton administration, studies RU-486 for possible use by American women. Four, the FDA approves RU-486 as a safe (sic) means of abortion. Five, the "no-trade restrictions" against Communist China, a key measure pushed by the Clinton presidency, is finally passed, giving China permanent "most favored nation" status and effectively removing all outside checks against China's well-documented violations of human rights – including a national policy of forced abortions. Six, Hua Lian Pharmaceutical Company, located in Shanghai, China, announces it will produce RU-486 for import to the United States.
Two weeks after the FDA approved the use of RU-486, The Wall Street Journal told the story of Zhou Shiuyon, a 19-year-old Chinese woman who discovered she was pregnant by her longtime boyfriend. "We were both happy and went to the government office to register our marriage," Ms. Zhou recalled to a U.S. Congressional committee. Because of her age, she was denied permission to marry.
When Miss Zhou's pregnancy was reported to the government, she was handcuffed and taken to a hospital. "As I had no marriage certificate and no government-approved ‘birth-allowed certificate,' my pregnancy was illegal and I could not have a child," she said. Doctors forced her to swallow mifepristone (RU-486), but when her boyfriend bribed a nurse, Miss Zhou escaped from the hospital before the injection could be given which would complete the abortion. She miscarried one month later.
Contrast Miss Zhou's story with that of Emily Green, who, according to Newsweek, called the adoption of RU-486 "weird good news." The FDA action occurred too late for Miss Green, age 22, and she had to abort her unborn baby by surgical means. By the time she was cleared for the surgical procedure, "she felt emotionally devastated by the delay," the article said. "Look, no one wants to have an abortion," Miss Green said, "but I think I could have reduced the psychological ramifications by not waiting." If the psychological ramifications had been reduced by a speedier (still unwanted?) abortion, would her baby have been less dead?
RU-486 was scheduled to reach patients by late October and 1,800 doctors are already trained in its use. Fully one-half of all abortions may now be performed by using what some have called "the human pesticide." (Interestingly, Searle pharmaceutical company which makes the ulcer medication "Misoprostol," the second part of the abortion cocktail which causes the contractions which expel the dead baby from its mother's body – anticipating lawsuits, released a letter stating that its drug "is not approved for the induction of labor or abortion").
One hope for stopping this easy murder of unborn babies, would be the appointment of a pro-life secretary of Health and Human Services who could declare the pills an "imminent hazard to health," Richard Merrill, former chief counsel for the FDA says. But this has happened only once since 1962, and will not happen in the case of RU-486 unless a pro-life president is making the appointments.
Published in The Augusta Chronicle 10/28/2000
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