Forced Abortion in China

In my book, The Memory Catcher, I share some of my personal journey as a pro-life advocate.   I learned about forced abortions in the country of China.  This is a tragic story but one that needs to come to our attention.  Events may finally be changing in China due to the fact that the Nobel Peace Price for Literature was awarded to Chinese author Mo Yan, a critic of the forced-abortion one-child policy in China. Mo Yan, who said he was “overjoyed and scared” at winning the prize, is an outspoken opponent of the policy that results in massive human rights abuses.

Mo’s Nobel biography notes that his most recent work, Wa, highlights the harsh reality of the coercive family planning in China. It tells the story of a rural gynecologist who delivers babies and also performs abortions in her role as an enforcer of the One-Child Policy.

Here is an excerpt of the article by Kat Lewis which was published by on October 24, 2012: 

 Chinese Officials Force Abortion on 6-Month Pregnant Woman

Shandong Province, Zibo City – The first week of October should be the  happiest time for Chinese citizens, a celebratory holiday marking the anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China.  For Qiao Ping’an and his wife Song, however, the week was marred by an injustice that led to a double tragedy—a mental breakdown and a death. On October 2nd, Song was alone in her home in Zibo City (Gaoqing County, Heilizhai Town, Qiaojia Village)  while her family was out in the field bringing in the fall harvest.  A mother of 2 girls and nearly 6-months pregnant with their 3rd child, Song had no reason to believe that she was in any danger.  After all, she had heard nothing from the Family Planning Police about her pregnancy, and it was a national holiday, when no government officials would be working.  Yet, at 5pm that evening, 7 Family Planning officials arrived at her home, took her by force into a vehicle and drove her 100 kilometers away to Dongying Universal Love Women’s Hospital.

At the hospital, the officials violently tied Song down, confiscated her cell phone and stripped all of her clothes off.  Because she was so resistant, they forcibly injected her with a sedative, then pressed her finger to sign the voluntary abortion consent form.  They forcibly injected a needle into her womb with a poison to kill the baby and to induce labor.  After this, they left her naked on the hospital bed and locked her in.

Song’s family was not notified of her whereabouts, and so only arrived at 11pm after it was too late.  While they sought justice at the local police station, they were forced to return to their home while Song remained at the hospital.

On the evening of October 5th, Song gave birth to a dead baby.  However, the loss of the baby was not all—Song herself suffered a mental breakdown from the trauma of her experience.  As a result, she is in a trance-like state of shock and cannot take care of herself.  Her seven-year-old daughter cries every day, asking what has happened to her mother.  Family Planning officials continue to monitor Song and her family around the clock.  There has been no official public apology and no compensation; instead, it has been reported that the Heilizhai Town Family Planning officials immediately sought aid from more senior officials in Gaoqing County to cover up the story.

This violent forced abortion is the first to surface in China after the National Family Planning Committee ordered officials on July 19th to “absolutely stop late-term abortions” and to “guide people to do family planning voluntarily”.  Since then, 23 of China’s 31 provinces (representing 87.52% of China’s population) have also banned late-term abortions on their official Family Planning websites, including Shandong Province.  Chen Guangcheng, the courageous blind forced abortion activist who made headlines when he escaped house arrest in May, lived in the same province of Shandong.

All Girls Allowed condemns this forced abortion and calls for immediate accountability and justice for Song and her family.  Says Brian Lee, Executive of All Girls Allowed:  “These horrific acts of violence against innocents must come to the light and the Chinese government must honor its word when it resolutely calls for a ban on late-term forced abortions.  As the scriptures say, ‘The LORD is slow to anger, abounding in love and forgiving sin and rebellion.  Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generations.’ (Numbers 14:18)  Join us as we pray for Jesus to stretch out his arms—one arm of love and healing to Song and her family, the other arm of wrath and justice against the perpetrators.

Kat Lewis is the director of communications for All Girls Allowed, a human rights group.

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