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Chinese Woman Forced to Abort 7-Month-Old Fetus

Chinese Woman Forced to Abort 7-Month-Old Fetus

A photo of a Chinese woman, Feng Jianmei, and the bloody body of her 7-month-old fetus has outraged web users in China. Feng was forced to have an abortion because she was unable to pay a fine for having a second child. Her husband, Deng Jiyuan, said that she was arrested and forcibly taken to the hospital by 20 people, some of whom beat her, then injected her with an “agent” and restrained her during the procedure. 36 hours later the child was stillborn.

An image of Feng and her stillborn baby can be seen on the website of All Girls Allowed, a US-based activist group.

As the BBC‘s Jon Sudworth says, while “such allegations are nothing new in China,” the circulation of the photo has caused a huge uproar.

China’s one-child policy was passed in 1979 — the country’s population is currently about 1.3 billion – and is still enforced strictly in cities. In rural areas, families can have a second child if the first was a girl, but must pay a stiff fine. According to Al Jazeera, Feng had married into a rural family in Shaanxi province but kept her city residence permit so it was against the law for her to have a second child.

Unnamed local officials in Zhenping County have denied forcing Feng to have the abortion. Al Jazeera says that the local government family-planning centre’s website did refer to her case in a news item, trumpeting that “after the repeated talks to convince her to give up the baby by our local government cadres, Feng finally agreed to abort the baby.”

Authorities in Shaanxi province with its Provincial Population and Family Planning Commission are now investigating the incident. An official at the National Population and Family Planning Commission has told Al Jazeera that Feng’s forced abortion is being treated as “serious and important” and being addressed at the “top level.”

Activist Chen Guangfeng, who recently left China for the US after escaping from house arrest, was imprisoned after revealing that hundreds of women had endured forced abortions.

About 40,000 comments have been posted on China’s forum. While some criticized Feng (“This woman created the problem herself, she should have followed the rules, a country has to have its laws, it’s her responsibility to not break the law”), others expressed shock. “Seven months is a small life already, these family planning people should be charged with murder,” wrote one commenter while another said on that “This is what they say the Japanese devils and Nazis did. But it’s happening in reality and it is by no means the only case… They [the officials] should be executed.”


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2:25AM PST on Jan 23, 2013

This is horrible, thanks for sharing.

4:50PM PST on Jan 22, 2013

Frankly, I think this is horrible. I am by no means anti-abortion but this should be the choice of the mother or the parents collectively (that's what pro-choice means by the way). This does happen in China everyday and it is a shame. However, unlike what another commenter said, it is very rare in the US. Though I am sure it is true that not every abortion performed here was the preference of the woman, it is very rare that it was not a decision made by the individual (or family in some cases) after careful consideration of all the options.

1:37PM PST on Jan 22, 2013

It seems to me that the best way for China to enforce the 1-child policy, is to require sterilization of the mother and father after the birth of 1st/only child. If they divorce, then they still have 1 child. This is the only way to enforce their government policy. This will prevent multiple abortion for those who already have 1 child.

12:01PM PST on Jan 22, 2013

“Seven months is a small life already, these family planning people should be charged with murder,” wrote one commenter.
“This is what they say the Japanese devils and Nazis did. But it’s happening in reality and it is by no means the only case…
Feng’s forced abortion is being treated as “serious and important” and being addressed at the “top level.”

Would that it were so!

11:33AM PST on Jan 22, 2013

how sad that no one stepped up and paid the fee...

5:39AM PST on Jan 22, 2013

I was born 9 weeks early. This kid is me. I may be pro choice and for shrinking the human population, but 7 months is too long. Why can't they just arrest the mother and adopt the kid out? Would that really be so bad?

After we talked to her she agreed to give up the baby, yeah right. We all know what talked to really means in China.

3:42AM PST on Jan 22, 2013

This happens everyday in China.

It happens everyday in America too but it's legal here it's called "choice" not murder.
Sad that the basic human function of reproduction has to be STOPPED. We are such a plague upon the planet.

2:14AM PST on Jan 22, 2013

This is murder; seven months baby is alreagy living and abortion should be the issue of that woman ...that age not anymore...and I don't accept the abortion at all because as medium I have seen early aborted children coming to their mom and speak to them.

2:10AM PST on Jan 22, 2013

Sad, but then China is a totally different culture and the couple helped create the situation themselves.............but I DO NOT approve of out and out murder! Horrible situation!

12:02AM PST on Jan 22, 2013

How horrible! It is out-right murder.

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