Is Chen Guangcheng Really Any Safer in the United States?

Recently we featured a blog entry in regards to Chen Guangcheng, the blind Chinese legal activist who fled house arrest and sought refuge with U.S. diplomats after local officials waged a vendetta against him for exposing a campaign of forced abortions and other abuses of China’s harsh birth control policy. Over the weekend we learned from the Los Angeles Times that Chen Guangcheng is now safe in the U.S.

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We are asking our followers here at, to contact the following reporters (both email and follow-up telephone calls) whose names appear in this article and let them know the truth about how non-custodial parents are treated here in the United States. They may be surprised to learn that those who dare challenge our very own current domestic relations policies are often treated in a similar manner much like that of Chen Guangcheng. Perhaps these reporters could provide a sufficient explanation as to why this is?

Furthermore, Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney also appears to need some schooling on our nation’s domestic relations policies. Mr. Romney was quick to criticize the Obama administration for its handling of this particular matter, however, in the next breath he stated, “This episode underscores the need for the United States to forthrightly stand up for the human rights of the Chinese people,” when referring to Mr. Guangcheng’s safe arrival in the United States. In our opinion here at, we believe that Mr. Romney would be wise to educate himself in advance with respect to the hypocritical state of human rights here in the United States faced by non-custodial parents, before attacking his political adversaries and advocating  for the rights of foreign countries in an effort to garner political support.

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Mascaro reported from Washington, Demick from Beijing and Tangel from New York.

Staff writers Paul Richter and Christi Parsons in Camp David, Md., contributed to this report.

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