Thursday, 14 June 2012

China’s Population Police Force Mother to Abort Baby at Seven Months

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A human-rights group that monitors Communist China’s policy of forced abortion on couples not adhering to its one-child policy has reported that on June 3 a Chinese woman who was seven months pregnant was taken from her home by the country’s population police and had her baby forcibly aborted.

The group, Women’s Rights Without Frontiers (WRWF), said that according to the China-based human-rights organization 64Tianwang, the woman, identified as Feng Jianmei, “was beaten and dragged into a vehicle by a group of Family Planning Officials while her husband, Deng Jiyuan, was out working. The officials asked for RMB 40,000 in fines from Feng Jianmei’s family. When they did not receive the money, they forcibly aborted Feng at seven months, laying the body of her aborted baby next to her in the bed.” (A graphic and disturbing photograph of the mother lying next to her murdered baby is posted HERE with the WRWF report.)

The incident, one of two reported on by WRWF over the past week, comes just weeks after China reluctantly released Chinese pro-life dissident Chen Guangcheng, allowing him to leave the country with his wife and children, following years of abusing and imprisoning him for his role in exposing China’s brutal one-child abortion policy. As reported by The New American, WRWF founder Reggie Littlejohn released an English translation of Chen’s shocking field notes documenting the brutality of the Chinese government in forcing abortions and sterilization on women who violate the policy.

“This is an outrage,” said Littlejohn of the most recent forced abortion. “No legitimate government would commit or tolerate such an act. Those who are responsible should be prosecuted for crimes against humanity.”

On June 11 WRWF reported that its office had received an emergency e-mail from China the prior week detailing the plight of another woman who was in danger of undergoing a forced abortion at the hands of Chinese officials. “At least a dozen family planning officials broke into the home of Cao Ruyi, five months pregnant with her second child, and dragged her to the hospital for a forced abortion,” reported the human rights group. “Her husband, Li Fu, was beaten on the way to the hospital and told that if he and his wife did not consent to a ‘voluntary’ abortion, his wife would be forced to abort.”

The abortion was only averted, and Cao Ruyi released, after the family paid a fine of approximately $1,500 (U.S.) for a “social compensation fee” demanded by the Chinese officials, who, WRWF reported, demanded an additional $25,000 from the couple so that the mother could continue with the pregnancy.

Littlejohn said that the plight of Cao and her husband offered a vivid demonstration of the extreme brutality of Communist China’s one-child policy. “The Chinese Communist Party has reported 13 million abortions a year,” Littlejohn said. “How many millions of Chinese women will be forced to abort their babies this year? We strongly condemn forced abortion and urge the international community to take a stand against this heinous crime against humanity.”

The human-rights leaders said that the situation of both Feng, who lost her baby at the hands of the murderous officials, and Cao, who was only able to keep hers by submitting to blatant extortion, exposes a number of truths about China’s policy. “Despite official denials, China still enforces its One Child Policy through late term forced abortion,” said Littlejohn. “These forced abortions occur in major cities, such as Changsha, not just in the countryside. Also, officials will beat and detain ‘illegally pregnant’ couples to extract consent to a 'voluntary’ abortion. Finally, we see the enormity of the fines, which can reach ten times a person’s annual salary. These fines are impossible for most couples to pay. They then may become victims of forced abortion.”

Chai Ling of All Girls Allowed, a group working to halt China’s one-child policy as well as the brutal practice in some male-favored cultures (such as China) of aborting female babies, said that Feng Jianmei’s story “demonstrates how the one-child policy continues to sanction violence against women every day. We learned that family planning officials in Jianmei’s region are launching a campaign of forced abortions this month. They received a lower grade from the government because of ‘over-quota’ births, and Jianmei’s story shows us how they plan to respond. Unfortunately her family was the first to receive the ‘opening of the knife.’”