Editor's note: this column was co-authored by Bob Morrison.
Anti-war presidential candidate Gene McCarthy once described reporters as being like blackbirds on the telephone lines: One lands, they all land; one flies off, they all fly off.
We’re seeing those media blackbirds again. They’re going on and on about conservatives and their so-called war on women. It seems if you don’t think religious institutions—hospitals, soup kitchens, universities—should be forced to provide coverage for drugs that can cause abortions, then you are making “war” on women.
There’s a real war on women, however. And it’s been going on for decades. Our friend Steven Mosher first discovered this war on women in China three decades ago. Steven was a Stanford University Ph.D. student doing graduate research in rural China. He was then not a Christian believer and he was even mildly pro-choice. What he discovered was that Chinese women got no choice. If they had a second child—an “illegal” child—these women could be rounded up, thrown in the back of a two-ton truck, and carted off to the local infirmary. There, they could even be held down and forcibly aborted. Many of these unfortunate women were in their last trimester of pregnancy.
If the abortion produced a live child, it was often the practice for population workers—Communist Party “cadres”—to drown the newborn baby.
With such brutal policies in effect limiting Chinese couples to only one child, the rural Chinese felt further pressure to make sure that child was a boy. That’s because sons are the only social “safety net” for hundreds of millions of Chinese.
Steven Mosher’s courage and truth-telling got him kicked of China. That’s not surprising. But it also got him kicked out of Stanford University. The administration at Stanford had been told that they would never send another graduate student to China if they didn’t get rid of Mosher. So, being good liberals, they knuckled under to the Communist rulers of Beijing.
Steven Mosher has become one of the world’s leading authorities on massive human rights abuses in China and in other nations, too. Today, he is a strong Christian witness and a devoted pro-life champion.