A pregnant Chinese mother was dragged from her home and forced to have an abortion at six months because she already has a child.
According to Sky News, a group of 20 officials — 16 males and four females — from the Shandong Province Family Commission forced their way into the home of Liu Xinwen and her husband Zhou Guoqiang around 4 am last Friday. The officials kicked down the door and held Zhou down while his wife was dragged out of her bed.
The 33-year-old expecting mother was taken to the People’s Hospital of Fangzi District in Weifang City and injected with an abortion-inducing drug. The baby boy died a day later in Liu’s womb, and it took another day for the fetus to be delivered.
It took Zhou five hours to find his wife, but she had already been given the injection. Sky News visited the family six days after the forced abortion, and Liu apologized to her son.
“Baby, I’m sorry,” she said. “We were not meant to be. You rest in peace in heaven. We will pray for you. We hope your next life is better.”
Liu Xinwen and Zhou Guoqiang already have a 10-year-old son, but Liu became pregnant again even after being fitted with a state-prescribed coil. She said she and her husband had the option to tell officials that the “forced sterilization” had failed, but decided not to because they feared Liu would be forced to have an abortion. Instead, they planned to tell authorities after the birth and offer to pay the fine for a second child.
Unfortunately, Liu Xinwen’s forced abortion isn’t an isolated case. Last year, a picture of a Chinese woman laying in a hospital bed next to a 7-month-old fetus began circulating online. The pregnant woman, Feng Jianmei, claimed that she was forced to have an abortion toward the end of her pregnancy after she refused to pay a hefty fine for planning to have a second child.
In a statement, the Shaanxi provincial government said a preliminary probe confirmed that the forced abortion was “basically true,” and vowed to avoid a repeat of the incident.
“This is a serious violation of the National Population and Family Planning Commission’s policies, jeopardizes the population control work and has caused uneasiness in society,” the provincial government said, noting that the incident went against a 2001 ban on late-term abortions used to slow population growth in the country.
Last November, the China Development Research Foundation recommended that the country ends its one-child policy. The foundation also proposed that birth limits be eliminated by 2020. However, in January, government officials announced that the one-child policy will remain in place, possibly indefinitely.