/ Agencies) - A woman has been forced to undergo an abortion at seven months
pregnant, although her husband was trying to pay exorbitant fines to avert it. Now the couple has
denounced the local government. Meanwhile,
scholars and lawyers are becoming increasingly critical of the one-child
Pan Chunyan, 30,
of Daji (Fujian) was pregnant with a baby of seven months (see photo). With
her husband Wu Liangjie they already have two children: an 8 year old girl and
a boy of three. Last
March, a group of men of the Office for population control, traveled to Shishi
(120 km from Daji), where Wu was working to threaten him with having violated
the one-child law: or pay 45,300 Yuan ( about
5800 Euros) in fines or his wife was to undergo a forced abortion.
Returning to the
village, Wu paid 20 thousand Yuan. But
a month after the funds were returned, and his wife was kidnapped and locked in
a room with other pregnant women. At
that point, the local government asked him to pay a fine of 55 thousand Yuan
(more than 7 thousand Euros). Despite
having paid two days later, more than 60 people with different cars, arrived at
his house, seize his wife and took her to hospital where they administered an
injection to procure the abortion.
an interview reported on the South China
Morning Post, Wu said his wife "was on her knees pleading with them,
but they did not listen." Two
days later the woman gave birth to the fetus of seven months, "at the
sight of the little body she was reduced to crying and screaming."
by this law and its use as a means of income for the bureaucrats and as a means
of blackmail, Wu decided to publish his story on the internet and to denounce
the local government in Daji. Since
then he is hiding in Beijing with his wife, in a secret place. The
local government ordered him to remove his story from the Internet or he in
turn will be visited by thugs.
Xu, a Beijing lawyer, on behalf of Wu Liangjie, has denounced the Daji government
and calls for an investigation into the criminal act and compensation for the
physical and moral damage.
story of this latest forced abortion comes only one
month from the story from Ankang (Shaanxi), where a woman was forced to
abort at seven months. This
violence made headlines because images of the woman in pain and exhausted, with
the little body of her aborted child beside her on the bed, appeared on the
According to Xu
Can, "rather than relying on coercion, the country should reward couples
who voluntarily agree to have only one child. At most they could resort to the
fines, but should never used forced abortion for a pregnancy that is almost at
term. This is a crime. "
The one child law
is increasingly under fire from academics and entrepreneurs. For
the former it is a violent manner for the control of the population. For
others it is in danger of sliding China into a demographic winter as the
population ages and workforce diminishes.
In early July, following
the Ankang case, 15 academics and businessmen submitted a petition to the
Standing Committee of National People's Congress (China's parliament). It
denounces the one-child law as a violation of human rights, guaranteed by the
constitution of the country. The
petition explains that penalizing families who have a second child with heavy
fines or with the dismissal violates a citizens' right to procreation. Moreover,
allowing farmers and ethnic minorities have two children, is a basis of
discrimination against the residents in the city and against the majority Han
(Chinese). The group of
signatories - who include Prof. Zhan
Zhongle, a law professor at Beijing University - demands that the one-child law
be amended. As drafted 30 years ago they say it no longer responds to the needs
of today's China.
three researchers from a government think tank - Ge Yanfeng, Yu Dong and Zhang
Bingzi - have spoken out against the one-child law. In
an article in China Economic Times,
published in recent days, they accuse the law of creating many of the problems
the country has to face today, including a rapidly aging population and decline
in national workforce.
For this they are
asking the government to allow families to have at least two children.
demographers have been warning China of an economic collapse caused by the
one-child law. But
so far, every year, the government has confirmed its validity, considered
important to ensure the country's development.
According to the World Health Organization in China each year, 14
million forced abortions take place related to the one-child law, 25% of all
abortions in the world.