Forced abortion in China on woman seven months pregnant

Graphic images posted online showing the bloody corpse of a baby whose mother was allegedly forced to terminate her pregnancy at seven months have caused an uproar in China.

Rights groups say authorities in north China’s Shaanxi province forced Feng Jianmei to abort her pregnancy on June 2 because she was unable to pay a 40,000 yuan ($6,270) fine for exceeding China’s “one-child” population control policy.

Authorities in Zhenping county, where the abortion took place, said that Feng had agreed to the procedure, but a relative told AFP that she and her husband had opposed the abortion.

The relative, who asked not to be named, also confirmed the authenticity of a photograph posted online of Feng on a hospital bed next to the blood-smeared body of her baby.

Outraged Chinese web users expressed doubt that Feng had agreed to the abortion, and even state-run media outlets condemned the procedure.

“Who would ever drop a bleeding baby beside its mother?” posted one Chinese web user on Internet news portal

“This is what they say the Japanese devils and Nazis did. But it’s happening in reality and it is by no means the only case… They (the officials) should be executed.”

Another web user, posting on popular forum, said China’s family planning system had been “openly killing people for years in the name of national policy” adding: “What is wrong with society?”

China has implemented its draconian family planning policy since the late 1970s in an effort to control a population that has grown to 1.3 billion people, the world’s largest.

Under the policy, urban families are generally allowed to have one child, while rural families can give birth to two children if the first is a girl.

“Feng Jianmei’s story demonstrates how the one-child policy continues to sanction violence against women every day,” said Chai Ling, head of the US-based rights group All Girls Allowed.

China’s official media also condemned the case, but said the controversial family planning policy should remain in place.

A commentary in the state-run Global Times newspaper said in English that late-term forced abortions should be “condemned and banned,” but that they “shouldn’t be a reason for refuting the whole (one child) policy”.

Officials at Zhenping county hospital, where the abortion allegedly took place, refused comment when repeatedly contacted by AFP.


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21 replies

  1. I can’t even imagine…


  2. This case made my Chinese-learning a bit political. When I study or tell people about this new hobby they respond about this case. The Polish made have also taken it up and now it is a known case around Poland. I hope the officials who made that decision will not be executed. I wish them a lot of time to think.


  3. im from the uk & this news is damn right disgusting. who the hell does china think they are by telling people how many kids they can have or pay a fine when they exceed the ridiculous limit. the cheeky i want to see all those involved in killing this baby put before a firing squad & the murdered baby should get a state funeral & a huge compensation payment should be paid to the mother. the chinese government are fucking arseholes !!!!


    • couldn’t agree more Darren, I am in Australia and just had my own daughter this year, if this happened to me I would find every single person responsible and murder them. How can the world just stand by and let this happen!


  4. And we buy products from these little barbarians……………80% of the products sold in the US say “Made in China”, shame on them, but shame on us!


  5. Hi,
    Thanks for dropping by. This is indeed a harrowing tale, but I do not necessarily agree with many of the comments, barbaric though the measure seems to have been. All Chinese people know the law, but still some try to break it.

    Much of the problem is ignorance of the issues at stake here. The ‘One Child’ policy was introduced in 1978 because the population was rising so fast that the country would in a few short years be unable to sustain itself. China has the largest population of any country on Earth, and like India today, it was in the midst of a population explosion.
    This cannot be sustained, because world population is one of the major problems of our time, and will get worse as time goes by. I can assure you, that eventually we will reach saturation point and the world will not be able to feed everyone, and there will not be sufficient fresh water or other resources. Why allow people to have as many children as they please when it is certain most will die of hunger and malnutrition?

    Believe me when I say that eventually, ALL countries will have to enforce strict population growth measures if we as a race are to survive on this planet.
    Good Luck,


  6. Of course, this is horrible.

    However, on second thought, why would someone that doesn’t want the world to know what happened create a perfect photo opportunity for abortion critics to use to further their goals with a horrible emotional photo of a third term dead fetus bloody and next to its mother?

    Was this staged?

    What I really find interesting in this emotional issue is what no one is saying:

    For example, in India, due to overpopulation, severe poverty, and widespread illiteracy, about 6,000 children die of starvation daily. Add the numbers up and in the last decade 22 million children died of starvation and the numbers have NOT changed much since 1947 when India won its freedom as a nation from the British Empire and became a democracy. In the last 65 years, about 136 million children have died of starvation in India.

    The Demographics of global Hunger show that increased production pressure on low-productivity, high-risk or degraded lands; remoteness from markets; poor market institutions have led to 400 million people facing hunger and starvation annually.

    Then says that there were 925 million hungry people in 2010.

    In reality, critics of abortion of any kind say, birth is more important than life after birth. Once the child is born, the actions of these same people say they care nothing for the quality of life after birth.

    If the critics of abortion want every sperm-egg in the world that is fertilized to survive as a fetus and be born, it makes sense that the same people that so emotionally are against abortion would work harder to see that these same children would have adequate food and opportunities to go to school and become educated and literate.

    In additional global slavery, including sex slavery is on the rise and the people that fall victim to this horrible illegal industry mostly come from the same areas that face overpopulation and starvation.

    UNICEF reports that across the world, there are over one million children entering the sex trade every year and that approximately 30 million children have lost their childhood through sexual exploitation over the past 30 years. 5
    The U.S. Department of State estimates that about 600,000 to 800,000 people – mostly women and children – are trafficked across national borders annually. 6 [Note: This estimate does not include those trafficked within national borders.]


  7. Thank you for stopping by


  8. This is against human rights, my heart bleeds for these woman, China is so very heartless, I am angry and appalled that this is still happening, it’s criminal!


  9. a good read … much work ahead and we all must press on … I believe in giving women the benefit of the doubt that we have enough intelligence to make our own decisions with access to safe affordable health care


  10. this is just so sad…i have a chinese friend and she told me about this. this is one of the reasons why her parents moved from china to vietnam and had 6 kids.



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