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    » 06/14/2012, 00.00


    Forced abortions in China killing children just like in Syria

    Wang Zhicheng

    Scandal and outrage over story and the photo of the woman forced to have abortions, pictured with the dying baby boy lying next to her in bed. Shaanxi population control authority have launched an investigation. The woman's husband wants to sue employees who forced his wife to abort. In China, forced abortions are prohibited by law, but papers are full of stories of forced abortions and sterilizations.

    Beijing (AsiaNews / Agencies) - The forced abortions in China that are practiced in the name of the one child law "are like the murder of women and children taking place in Syria".  This is one comment on the internet following the publication of the news and terrible photo of a Chinese woman forced to abort the seventh month and pictured with the small shot at his side on the hospital bed.

    The story was published by AsiaNews two days ago (see: 12/06/2012 Chinese woman forced to abort in the seventh month. One-child rule massacre continues). Since then the Internet in Chinais full of fiery comments against the Shaanxi family planning authority , so much so they have been forced to open an investigation to see whether if there has been forced abortion in the case in question.

    In China the one child law, in force since the late 70s, was always applied with violence, but in recent years the government has promised not to use coercive methods. In theory, forced abortion is prohibited but the media abounds with reports of forced abortions and sterilizations. Very often used population  control authorities allow themselves to be corrupted by charging high fines.

    According to human rights groups, Feng Jianmei, a woman of 22 years in the town of Zengjia (see photo), was kidnapped by employees of Family Planning and held for three days in the hospital where the abortion was performed at the seventh month of pregnancy against her will.

    She and her husband Deng Jiyuan have a child of five years. At the time of the kidnapping, Deng was working in Inner Mongolia. The authorities called him with an ultimatum: either pay 40 thousand yuan in fines (the fee for second child), or "choose" an abortion. Deng pointed out that the amount claimed is "more than four years of my salary," and it was impossible to collect.

    Not being able to pay, the employees of population control proceeded to inject Feng with drugs to induce the abortion.

    According to authorities, Feng consented to abortion. For the husband, his wife was forced to put her fingerprint on the medical record: her "consent" was extorted. For this reason, some lawyers are planning to sue the family planning authorities.

    Photos: SCMP

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    See also

    20/09/2005 CHINA
    The Chinese government admits: "Forced sterilisations and abortions took place"

    The government admits to "human rights violations in Shandong province" after denunciation by a human rights activist.

    05/02/2013 CHINA
    13 month old baby crushed to death by car, he exceeded one-child quota
    The car belonged to an official of the population control bureau. The parents were being transported to the small office to be fined. The one-child policy is criticized by demographers because it contributes to a rapidly aging population and decreasing workforce. But the government continues to implement it.

    25/11/2014 MYANMAR - CHINA
    China, uncovers gang who sell Burmese women "as brides" in the countryside
    Beijing police have arrested 31 people in Inner Mongolia, accused of human trafficking. Among the victims there are 11 people - including women and children - from Myanmar. Behind the practice the one-child policy and selective abortions, which have created a gender imbalance in China. According to the latest data for every 100 females there are 118 males.

    01/06/2011 CHINA
    Forced abortions in China: you (and the UN) are funding them
    The president of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers appeals for a stop to funding by international organisations that support forced abortions and sterilisations in China.

    08/03/2011 CHINA
    Women first victims of one-child policy
    Forced abortion, sterilisations, intrauterine devices and fines are used to implement the policy. On International Women’s Day, a long article looks at China’s family planning and its unjust and cruel law, which has allowed hundreds of millions of murders over the decades, and which must be stopped.

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