Chen Guangcheng arrived in America, barely escaping the threats he faced in his home country because he had the courage to speak out. Now that he’s here, the anti-abortion front is quickly trying to snatch him up like some sort of poster-boy for their cause. Because of his up-close-and-personal experience with forced abortions in China and his open stance against it, they think he is going to eagerly jump on their side of the debate. But they have failed to think the matter through completely.
In their effort to use Chen as a tool in the assault on women’s freedom, several organizations have been co-opting his image and trying to get him to join their ranks. The National Right to Life Committee has been citing him. The Family Research Council and several religious groups have been trying to get him to visit or speak for them. So far, all Chen has to say about the matter is that he hasn’t really given it any thought.