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A Worm in the Apple
Townhall.com ^ | September 15, 2012 | Ken Blackwell

Posted on 09/15/2012 4:16:54 AM PDT by Kaslin

Apple is a great American success story and we can say of the late Steve Jobs: You did build that. But there’s a problem with Apple in China. The Beijing government’s forced abortion policy is worming its way into the factories of Apple, Inc. Twenty-four of these factories, it is reported, have helped the Communist government’s brutal efforts to prevent so-called unauthorized births to Chinese mothers.

Exiled human rights champion Chen Guangcheng is reporting on the collaboration of Apple in compulsory pregnancy testing of Apple’s Chinese employees. Chen told Bloomberg news agency that Apple should refuse to comply with such gross violations of human rights in their facilities. Chen urged Apple to take a stand for human rights—to stop the Beijing government’s cruel pursuit of young mothers. This, we know, is the real “war on women.” And it’s currently being waged with active collaboration of U.S. companies.

Chen is also calling for the release of imprisoned Chinese Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Liu Xiaobo.

This whole scene is eerily similar to the campaign against the apartheid regime in South Africa of the 1970s through the 1990s. There, U.S. firms were prodded and prompted to resist the blatant discrimination of the Pretoria regime. Our own Rev. Leon Sullivan first achieved success with General Motors. Rev. Sullivan sat on the GM Board of Directors and pressed his company to refuse to go along with the gross violation of human rights and dignity implied by racial apartheid.

Out of this campaign came the famous Sullivan Principles. U.S.-based companies agreed not to engage in racial segregation and separation in their South African branches. The Sullivan Principles were an important milestone on the road to majority rule in that nation. And Rev. Sullivan also called upon the apartheid regime to release Nobel Peace Prize Winner Nelson Mandela.

The success of the Sullivan Principles mark an important precedent for non-violence and responsible corporate action in the advance of human rights. We need a renewal of these ideals now. We need them in China.

American-owned firms have global reach. Apple is a company that can set the standard.

When we read that Chinese women are being forced to undergo strip searches and, if found to be pregnant, are cajoled and bullied into aborting their children, surely all Americans must recoil.

I call on the pro-choice leaders in this country to speak out. I want to know if they will stand up for Chinese women’s rights. If they truly believe in choice and not in pushing abortion, they will be the first to lead on this critical issue.

So far, the response has not been promising. Yes, the Obama administration should be praised for helping Chen Guangcheng and his family to leave China. President Obama has been eerily silent on this moral issue. Sec. of State Hillary Clinton also seems less inclined to publicly confront the Beijing authorities over its one-child policy.

This has led Chinese rulers to think they can proceed with their barbarous one-child policy. This policy has led to the forced abortion of millions of unborn children in China, especially when pre-natal testing reveals a female child. We have reliable reports of newborn baby girls being drowned. Heart-wrenching photos have surfaced showing a Chinese mothers and her late-term baby lying dead beside her in a hospital bed following a forced abortion, Sec. of State Hillary Clinton is the leading U.S. diplomat, the most prominent American woman on the international scene. Surely, as a wife, as a mother, Hillary Clinton must care about this barbarous and cruel campaign of the male-dominated Chinese party machine.

Mr. President! Madame Secretary! Will you speak out?


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: abortion; apple; chenguangcheng; china; hillaryclinton

1 posted on 09/15/2012 4:16:59 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Out of this campaign came the famous Sullivan Principles. U.S.-based companies agreed not to engage in racial segregation and separation in their South African branches. The Sullivan Principles were an important milestone on the road to majority rule in that nation. And Rev. Sullivan also called upon the apartheid regime to release Nobel Peace Prize Winner Nelson Mandela.

Let me get this straight. SA was helped on it’s merry way by the Sullivan Principles, and world wide government intervention in something many of them may not have been entirely aware of and were nevertheless sticking their noses where they didn’t belong, causing an early end to a situation that kept SA somewhat a sane place to live. Color me somewhat skeptical. The end of apartheid was not the utopia dreamed of.


2 posted on 09/15/2012 4:50:40 AM PDT by wita
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To: wita

-——The Sullivan Principles-—

Over the long term are destroying South Africa. The meddlers here are out of their league with what is at base a fund raising effort.


3 posted on 09/15/2012 4:54:41 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Present failure and impending death yield irrational action))
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To: bert

Seems we agree. However “bad” apartheid might have been perceived, it allowed a degree of control over that which needed controlling. Those with any sense, escaped the country before apartheid departed. I like your “follow the money angle”.


4 posted on 09/15/2012 5:52:48 AM PDT by wita
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To: Kaslin

Whenever a person or enterprise is a success in this country, they come under attack.

Can anyone still be in the dark about where that attack comes from?


5 posted on 09/15/2012 5:55:53 AM PDT by RoadTest (There is one god, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.)
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Interesting. Townhall.com singles out Apple, but doesn’t doesn’t say a word about HP, Dell, Google, and every other “American” company that has their computers and phones manufactured in China in the same factories that Apple does.


6 posted on 09/15/2012 6:22:18 AM PDT by af_vet_rr
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To: Kaslin
I call on the pro-choice leaders in this country to speak out. I want to know if they will stand up for Chinese women’s rights. If they truly believe in choice and not in pushing abortion, they will be the first to lead on this critical issue.

I first read about forced abortions and female infanticides in China in the early 1980s, and those practices most likely predated my first learning of them. Given the "feminist" silence on the matter for at least the last three decades, I don't have much expectation that they will stand up for Chinese women's rights any time soon.

7 posted on 09/15/2012 6:31:25 AM PDT by exDemMom (Now that I've finally accepted that I'm living a bad hair life, I'm more at peace with the world.)
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Mr. President! Madame Secretary! Will you speak out?

(N)ope. They give lip service to women as a means to acquire power but they (and especially Obama) KNOW that in a managed utopia, society will necessarily be structured and measured and reproductive freedom (along with most other freedoms)will be anathema.

(For the common good, you see.)

8 posted on 09/15/2012 7:16:57 AM PDT by Clinging Bitterly (We need to limit political office holders to two terms. One in office, and one in prison.)
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To: af_vet_rr
...doesn’t say a word about HP, Dell, Google...

No, however I think a target audience for the piece was a certain demographic of Apple buyers particularly, i.e. those who possess a certain smugness, that theirs is the path to unicorns and glitter.

You are right though - made in China is what it is without regard to the name on the badge, and unicorns and glitter don't come from there.

9 posted on 09/15/2012 7:37:03 AM PDT by Clinging Bitterly (We need to limit political office holders to two terms. One in office, and one in prison.)
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