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Robertson: U.S. shouldn't interfere with China's forced abortion policy

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Christian Coalition founder Pat Robertson, a long-time vocal opponent of abortion, said Monday that while he opposes the idea of forced abortions in China, he understands why Beijing controls its population.

"I don't agree with it, but at the same time they've got 1.2 billion people and they don't know what to do," Robertson told CNN's "Wolf Blitzer Reports."

"If every family over there was allowed to have three or four children, the population would be completely unsustainable."

China has a strict one-child policy, which it claims is necessary to control its population. Abortion is legal in China and is widely used as a birth-control method. But Chinese government authorities deny they have a policy to force women to have abortions against their will.

However, there are periodic reports, sometimes even in the Chinese news media, that forced abortions do occur in some parts of the country.

Robertson said China, already wracked with unemployment, will see hundreds of thousands more jobless people as antiquated state-owned factories are eventually shut down.

He also said China's leadership is "like on a teeter-totter board."

"They could fall off if the population gets too restive," he said. "So, I think that right now, they're doing what they have to do. I don't agree with forced abortion, but I don't think the United States needs to interfere with what they're doing internally in this regard."

Blitzer then pressed Robertson: "Won't your critics on the right be saying Pat Robertson is justifying abortions in China?"

"Well, I just think they need to get involved in what's happening," Robertson said.

He said China faces a "demographic catastrophe" in the next decade or two, because "when they're having abortions, they're picking the girl babies ... for the slaughter, and they're allowing only the males to be born."

"In another say, 10 or 20 years, there's going to be a critical shortage of wives. The young men won't have any women to marry," he said.

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