- A Chinese woman was forced to abort in the ninth month of her pregnancy
because of her former husband's vindictiveness. In her own words, she was treated
"as if I were a pig waiting to be slaughtered". In the end, she watched her child
terminated, dying in her arms after birth.
This is the horrific
story of Lili Zeng, a young mother from Xinfeng County (in the rich southern
province of Guangdong); just another victim of China's one-child policy.
Her experience is
told by Women's Rights Without Frontiers, a non-governmental organisation
led by Reggie Littlejohn who has been fighting to save innocent lives in China for
Zeng's tragedy began
in 2011. When she became pregnant, her husband left her. Having had another son
from his first wife, he signed a consent form to force an abortion on his current
law, abortion may be imposed by force if one spouse does not want to have
children. What is more, already having a child is sufficient ground to stop a
For Chinese authorities,
the husband's desertion and Zeng's opposition were not enough to stop them.
For the woman,
her husband's consent to the abortion was due to his first wife's
vindictiveness. In the end, red tape delayed everything until the ninth month,
when Zeng was forcibly confined to a hospital for the abortion.
a late date, this kind of operation is a very risky, painful and completely
unjustified. Zeng said she felt "as if I were a pig waiting to be slaughtered."
the lethal injection in the skull and the labour pains caused by drugs, the
child was born alive but died in his mother's arms shortly after.
that she has attempted suicide three times after her release from hospital. Fortunately,
they failed each time. Now she wants justice and is going through official
channels like her local of Family Planning Office.
want to blame someone, please blame the [One-Child] Policy, or your husband,"
said one of the officials after being solicited extensively for an explanation.
had not agreed to sign the form, no doctor would have dared to inject the
induced labour needle into your body. Lili Zeng . . . if you continue to send
text messages or call to berate me, I will definitely find someone to deal with
you," he told her.
Littlejohn, "Our hearts break for Ms Zeng [. . .]. Her experience dramatically demonstrates the
connection between forced abortion and China's astronomical female suicide
rate: 590 women a day end their lives in
Her situation "shows that-even
when a woman is pregnant with her first child-if it is her husband's second
child, she can be forcibly aborted. We
strongly condemn forced abortion under China's One Child Policy and demand that
the Chinese government put a stop to these atrocities immediately."