Monday, June 18, 2012

Forced abortion of 7 month pregnant, Chinese woman

Reggie Littlejohn of Women's Rights without Frontiers reports that a woman was forcibly aborted at seven months of pregnancy on June 3, 2012 in Shanxi Province, China.  

According to a report by the China-based human rights organization 64Tianwang, the woman, 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.  Feng is under medical treatment in Ankang City, Zhenpin County, Zengjia Town, Yupin village.

The report together with a graphic image of this appalling incident can be seen on this link
(Be warned this image is a very graphic one)

Due to the widespread revulsion engendered by this action it was reported on Saturday June 18th that

China suspended three officials and apologised to Feng Jianmei  after the photos of Feng lying on a hospital bed with her aborted, blood-covered baby, were posted online and went viral

The moves appeared to be aimed at allaying public anger over a case that has triggered renewed criticism of China's widely hated one-child limit.

Reggie Littlejohn, president of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, stated, “This is an outrage.  No legitimate government would commit or tolerate such an act.  Those who are responsible should be prosecuted for crimes against humanity.  WRWF calls on the United States government and the leaders of the free world to strongly condemn forced abortion and all coercive family planning in China.”