The Vice President is on a tour in China. In a speech yesterday at a Chinese university, he said that he “understands” and is not “second-guessing” China’s one-child policy. He spoke in the context of the economic crisis:
What we ended up doing is setting up a system whereby we did cut by $1.2 trillion upfront, the deficit over the next 10 years. And we set up a group of senators that have to come up with another $1.2 to $1.7 trillion in savings or automatically there will be cuts that go into effect in January to get those savings. So the savings will be accomplished. But as I was talking to some of your leaders, you share a similar concern here in China. You have no safety net. Your policy has been one which I fully understand — I’m not second-guessing — of one child per family. The result being that you’re in a position where one wage earner will be taking care of four retired people. Not sustainable.
For starters, I suggest that the VP (a Catholic) take a look at the Catechism of the Catholic Church and then perhaps the UN Declaration on Human Rights which discusses the right to form a family.
A personal note might be more convincing; so I recommend Message from an Unknown Chinese Mother, by Xinran.
Anyone who can say that he or she is ok with those forced experiences of loss, both of one’s child and family, needs some time off to think, regardless of their religious beliefs.
But the VP also needs to come to grips with the reality of the Catholic faith which he publicly professes. If he doesn’t agree with fundamental principles of that faith, then it’s time to forgo one’s personal opinion or to choose a different religion.