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Chinese Dissident In Trouble for Prolife Views

But good luck finding this reported in the press …

You’ve probably heard about the saga of blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng. He escaped from house arrest in China a few days ago, finding refuge in the U.S. Embassy in Beijing. But, for reasons not yet clear, American officials escorted him out of the embassy to a Beijing hospital. Now, Chen say he’s afraid for his family’s safety and has requested safe passage on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s plane when she returns to Washington from Beijing.

But most of the accounts in mainstream American publications of Chen do not mention what exactly he has been saying that has Chinese officials so agitated. Like China’s state media, they are leaving out a huge, obvious detail:  Chen has been one of the most forceful antiabortion advocates in China, calling for an end to its one-child policy and to forced abortions.

Why can’t the U.S. press mention that?

Read Tim Carney at the Washington Examiner on Chen’s abortion dissidence (half page/211 words).

Read the Daily Beast’s update on Chen’s situation (3 pages/1,500 words).

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