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Monday, April 23, 2007

Forced abortions in China

(Cross posted at Say Anything: Reader Blogs.)

This is pure evil, Cases of Forced Abortions Surface in China. I knew that forced abortions happened with alarming regularity but to hear the voices of the women it has happened to is chilling.
During the past week, dozens of women in southwest China have been forced to have abortions even as late as nine months into the pregnancy, according to evidence uncovered by NPR.

China's strict family planning laws permit urban married couples to have only one child each, but in some of the recent cases — in Guangxi Province — women say they were forced to abort what would have been their first child because they were unmarried. The forced abortions are all the more shocking because family planning laws have generally been relaxed in China, with many families having two children.

Liang Yage and his wife Wei Linrong had one child and believed that — like many other couples — they could pay a fine and keep their second baby. Wei was seven months pregnant when an official told her on April 16 that she would have to have an abortion. The couple was driven to Youjiang district maternity hospital in Baise city.

You can read the entire story at the link above. I also recommend listening to the audio. I could hear the shock and misery in the voices of the women interviewed even though they are speaking a language I don't understand.

Pray for these women and their families who have had their children murdered. Pray for the nurses and doctors who performed these procedures. Pray for the officials who ordered the deaths of these children. Pray for justice.

2 comments:

  1. Isn't it interesting that NPR picks up on it and calls it a human rights issue only when the children are wanted? All along it's been psychologically coerced anyway, but then so are many cases of abortion in this country.

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  2. Great post on an issue more people need to know about.

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