Days after Vice President Biden said he wouldn’t second-guess China’s one-child policy, Biden’s spokeswoman said he found the practice “repugnant.”
The move followed intense criticism of Biden and the administration after the vice president offered comments in China that appeared to condone the controversial policy, which prevents most couples in China from having more than one child and is believed to have contributed to infanticide, particularly of girls.
“The Obama administration strongly opposes all aspects of China’s coercive birth limitation policies, including forced abortion and sterilization,” the vice president’s spokeswoman, Kendra Barkoff, said in a statement Tuesday.
“The vice president believes such practices are repugnant. He also pointed out, in China, that the policy is, as a practical matter, unsustainable. He was arguing against the one-child policy to a Chinese audience.”
During comments on Sunday, Biden tried to draw a parallel between China’s policy and the U.S. “baby boom” when explaining the U.S. need for entitlement reform.
“Your policy has been one which I fully understand — I’m not second-guessing — of one child per family,” the vice president said Sunday at China's Sichuan University.
Biden’s comment was greeted with staunch criticism from conservatives.
GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney and House Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerRift widens between business groups and House GOP Juan Williams: Pelosi shows her power Debt ceiling games endanger US fiscal credibility — again MORE (R-Ohio) both made statements condemning China’s policy and criticizing Biden’s comments.
Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonMeghan McCain: 'SNL' parodies made me feel like 'laughing stock of the country' Hill: Trump reelection would spur 'one constitutional crisis after another' Trump defends indicted GOP congressman MORE has previously condemned the one-child policy in testimony before Congress.