Hobby Lobby, a company whose owner claims exemption from providing contraception to his employees through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on religious grounds, spends thousands of dollars every year buying products from China, in spite of the country’s notorious “one child policy” that is frequently upheld via forced abortions.
Hobby Lobby owner David Green has gone on record saying:
[box type=”shadow”]”We’re Christians, and we run our business on Christian principles. . . But now, our government threatens to change all of that. A new government health care mandate says that our family business MUST provide what I believe are abortion-causing drugs as part of our health insurance. Being Christians, we don’t pay for drugs that might cause abortions, which means that we don’t cover emergency contraception, the morning-after pill or the week-after pill. We believe doing so might end a life after the moment of conception, something that is contrary to our most important beliefs. It goes against the Biblical principles on which we have run this company since day one.”[/box]
However, Green appears happy to drop these strongly held Christian values if it means procuring cheap products and materials from China, where fears of over-population in the 1970’s led to the introduction of a policy that allows only one child per family, except in a small number of special circumstances.
The new Chinese leadership, led by President Xi Jinping, recently relaxed the rule, and in theory the use of forced abortions and infanticide is banned. However, some local officials and police forces in various provinces rigorously enforce the rule according to their own interpretation and with their own methods. According to DailyKos.com:
[box type=”shadow”]”In July 2012, for example, a 23-year-old mother became pregnant with her second child. Local officials arrested her, seven months into her pregnancy, and demanded her family pay $6,000 in fines for violating the one-child policy. When the family couldn’t get the money together, the officials gave her an injection that killed the baby, whom the mother delivered stillborn while in police custody.”[/box]
Green’s hypocrisy is as revolting as his self-pitying claim that he is being persecuted for not being allowed to force his own fundamentalist beliefs on his employees. Apparently his commitment to the teachings of Biblical Christianity (which incidentally say not a word about abortion) stop as soon as the borders of the United States stop, and he has no qualms about indirectly, but knowingly, funding an authoritarian regime’s policy of forced abortion and infanticide.