Although ordinary prochoice citizens are typically appalled by coerced or forced abortions, it's a very rare thing indeed to hear prochoice activists or politicians so much as acknowledge the problem, much less speak against it. But refreshingly, Felice Gaer, director of the Jacob Blaustein Institute for the Advancement of Human Rights and chairwoman of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, spoke out against forced contraception and abortion in China.
This marks the third time I've encountered prochoice opposition to forced or coerced abortion in China -- Betsy Hartman's opposition to all coercive population control in her excellent book, Reproductive Rights and Wrongs; Hillary Clinton in a speech fairly recently; and now Ms. Gaer.
The outspoken moments are coming closer together. Let's hope and pray that they become more frequent and more powerful, and that they break the taboo gainst admitting to anything amiss with modern legal abortion practice anywhere in the world.