Chinese Woman Reveals Forced Abortion at Full Term
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- 2013 Sep 19
A Chinese woman has come forward to say she was forcibly aborted at nine months into her pregnancy in 2011, Baptist Press reports. Lili Zeng of Jiangxi Province said the forced abortion occurred two days before her due date, when seven family planning officials held her down and used a needle to inject a lethal drug into her unborn son, according to an Aug. 29 report by Women's Rights Without Frontiers. "I cried bitterly when they injected the abortion needle into my body, but I heard the family planning officers -- headed by their director -- laughing treacherously," she said. "After the needle injection, they all disappeared, as if I were a pig waiting to be slaughtered." The baby was born alive before dying. She recently learned from a family planning officer that she was forcibly aborted at the request of her former husband's first wife, and her ex-husband signed a consent form for the abortion. She had been divorced from him, however, for a year when her son was killed. She has tried to kill herself three times since the forced abortion, she said. China established its "one-child" population control program in 1979; the policy limiting urban couples to one child has resulted in many reports of authorities carrying out forced abortions, sterilizations and infanticides. The Chinese Health Ministry announced in March there had been 336 million abortions since the government implemented stricter family planning practices in 1971, eight years before the "one-child" policy went into effect.