November 4, 1997
H.R. 2570 - Forced Abortion Condemnation Act
(Fowler (R) Florida and 12 cosponsors)
The Administration agrees with the proponents of H.R. 2570 that the practice of
forced abortion and involuntary sterilization is abhorrent. The
Administration, however, strongly opposes H.R. 2570 on several other grounds.
The Administration opposes the bill because it would:
U.S. interests are best served by increasing the transparency of Chinese
society and promoting expansion of China's participation in international fora
governed by standards and rules agreed to by the international community of
nations. U.S. engagement exposes Chinese officials first-hand to the benefits
of an open and democratic system. There is no better way to demonstrate the
advantages of a free and open society than to let them experience it for
- Contradict U.S. policy to expand dialogue with China in order to advance
critical U.S. security, political, economic, and human rights interests.
- Possibly prompt China to impose its own visa restrictions that could
further limit the ability of U.S. officials to advocate views in China.
- Raise serious constitutional concerns to the extent that it would inhibit
the President's ability to conduct the foreign relations of the United States
and to receive foreign government officials.
- Fail to take account of U.S. international obligations to admit certain
foreigners to the United Nations and other international organizations.
- Require the State Department to divert scarce resources from core tasks
to comply with the requirement to maintain lists of officials covered by the