Ken Blackwell

Ted Sorenson passed away this week. He was the famed JFK aide who helped the then-senator from Massachusetts with the Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Profiles in Courage. He served John F. Kennedy loyally and well.

We saw no profile in courage on the world stage this week. The Secretary General of the UN, South Korean diplomat, Ban Ki-moon, traveled to China. He met in Beijing with Chinese Peoples Republic President Hu Jintao.

Although the Secretary General says he has made human rights a priority for the world body, he did not take up the case of imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize winner, Liu Xiaobo, reports the New York Times.

This is odd. Since China sits on the UN Human Rights Council, you would think it the most natural thing in the world for the UN official to raise the issue with Liu Xiaobo’s imprisonment with his jailers. Ban did not seek a meeting with Liu.

Nor did Ban even congratulate Liu on his Nobel Prize. China, we learn from the Times’ spare reporting, has a seat on the UN Security Council. China can veto a second term for Ban Ki-Moon. You wouldn’t want to antagonize your voters, it seems.

It goes without saying that Ban Ki-Moon did not raise the question of China’s “one child” policy with Hu Jintao. Under that brutal and inhuman policy, millions of Chinese women are forced to undergo abortions. Tens of millions of abortions have been performed on unwilling mothers—with the connivance of the UN Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA). The UNFPA has long been implicated in massive human rights abuses—including forced abortions in China, and coerced sterilizations in India and Peru.

You would think America’s “pro-choice” politicians and lobbying groups would loudly denounce China’s denial of choice to millions of women. But their silence is deafening.

Since January, 2009, American taxpayers are being coerced into supporting UNFPA. President Obama issued an Executive Order providing funding for that group. He revoked the Mexico City policy of Ronald Reagan.

Under President Reagan’s Mexico City policy, U.S. funds were restricted from funding the International Planned Parenthood Federation and the UNFPA. Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush maintained America’s strong commitment to life in the international arena.

Under Obama, unfortunately, the sluicegates were opened. U.S. funding has flooded to these human rights abusers. It should be one of the new Congress’ first tasks to cut off funding from Planned Parenthood and the UNFPA.

Ken Blackwell

Ken Blackwell, a contributing editor at, is a senior fellow at the Family Research Council and the American Civil Rights Union and is on the board of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. He is the co-author of the bestseller The Blueprint: Obama’s Plan to Subvert the Constitution and Build an Imperial Presidency, on sale in bookstores everywhere..
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