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July 18, 2007

Steven Mosher paints a horrifying picture of the grim reality of the “One Child” policy in China. As a U.S. State Department representative in Guangdong Province in 1980, Mosher witnessed first-hand the forced abortions of women who committed the “crime” of becoming pregnant for the second time.

Since then, Mosher has become president of the Population Research Institute, a pro-life educational organization “dedicated to protecting and defending human life, ending human rights abuses committed in the name of family planning, and dispelling the myth of overpopulation.” PRI has documented the thousands of forced late-term abortions and millions of coerced sterilizations in China, with important implications for targeted population control measures in other developing countries.

According to Mosher, “Population control encourages domestic tyranny of a very personal and deadly sort.” This is what happens when alarmist views of overpopulation are somehow translated into public policies that view people as pestilence. Rather than focus on the root issues of poverty through education and economic development, coercive population control measures seek to cure the “disease” by killing the patient.

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