Lawmaker: China's One Child Policy 'Outrageous'

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Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., has drawn new attention to China's one child policy.

He pointed out that baby girls have become a main casualty of the communist country's practice of forced abortions.

"There are as many as 100 million missing girls in China -- sex selection abortions, targeted -- simply because they happen to be a little a girl, and that's outrageous and we're calling on the U.N.," Smith said. "We're calling on the Obama administration to cease their indifference, their enabling, and, in the case of the U.N. Population Fund, their funding and training for the family planning cadres."

Smith said U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton needs to make this issue a priority in her dealings with China.

"In light of this stunning human rights atrocity, I would like to know if you or the president raised the issue of forced abortion in China, when President Hu Jintao was in Washington, as speaker John Boehner did," Smith told Clinton at a hearing for the House Foreign Affairs committee Tuesday. "And if you raised it, what was the response? And if you did not raise it, why not?"

Clinton was reluctant to give Smith an answer.

"I cannot answer that yes or no on that particular visit," said Clinton, who then asserted, "We consistently raise it in our highest diplomatic encounters with our Chinese counterparts."

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