In a couple of weeks Pro-Life New Zealand (which is, unless you somehow guessed already, a pro-life group in New Zealand) is bringing Steven Mosher out to speak at three different university campuses throughout the country – Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. Mosher is, according to the Pro-Life NZ website, a “best-selling author and internationally-acclaimed authority on Chinese reproductive policies”. If you watch the movie they’ve made to advertise his visit (see above), you can see that he is a man who is passionate about the one-child policy in China its effects – especially the Chinese government forces women to undergo abortions. As we have seen before on this blog, this is not an historical issue, last year the Guardian reported that a Chinese woman had died on the operating table in China after a forced abortion.
Mosher is coming to speak about whether abortion is an answer to over-population - a topic that is relevant to demography generally and particularly so in China’s case. He will have some interesting insights to discuss as he was the first American research student to conduct anthropological research in rural China after the Cultural Revolution there. He speaks Mandarin and Cantonese and has familial links to China.
So for all of you in those main New Zealand centres that Mosher is speaking in, I would recommend that you get to one of those talks. Not only will it be informative but the ad says that there will be free entry AND pizza and drink provided. I’m sold.