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'Forced abortion' picture causes uproar in China

BEIJING -- 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 (US$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 Netease.com.

“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 clubkdnet.net, 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 U.S.-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.

June 14, 2012    alisonbailie03@
God says we are wonderfully made but man still decides to murder unborn children.
Shame on China and the rest of the world that carryout these murders.
The children are safe in the arms of Jesus for evermore.
Praise his lovely name.
June 14, 2012    paulineomahony@
Scenes like that happen every day of the week in abortion clinics throughout the world. If women are to make a choice, they should at least make an informed choice. Are they aware of the brutal procedure involved in aborting a human life at that stage of pregnancy? In a society where it is acceptable to dispose of ones child scientifically in this manner, why should any country be shocked at the death of a child at the hands of surgeons? Is the freedom of choice the measure by which the comparative value of life is to be measured? In a crisis pregnancy, often the most unresisting i.e. the child is chosen.
June 14, 2012    djpaulyd@
This is horrible. The officers who forced this young woman into doing this should have their children aborted, even if they have been living for years. Then imprison them for the rest of their miserable little lives.
June 14, 2012    alec.maildrop@
I have always admired the Chinese people, in all their adversities and struggles they have retained their own sense of worth and identity - yet this type of incident suggests their government lacks the self-same values as the people it claims to represent ... whether the administration is democratic or autocratic.
While the one child policy is in theory practical and fair, in reality people are not machines, they cannot be treated as cattle, numbers or when declared surplus due to government policy ... ultimately 'disposable' like refuse. Surely in the 21st century there is a family planning measure which does NOT include murdering a helpless new born Chinese baby ... if a foreigner did this to a Chinese national abroad there would be an outcry if not a serious international incident ... tell me how come a 19th century policy dressed up as a 20th century solution dictates who lives and who dies in modern China? Would this sort of incident have happened to a senior politician’s daughter/wife? I doubt it
June 15, 2012    coinneach55@
Toronto, CANADA

My Chinese citizen wife and I discussed this and she cried, saddened that in her country which is trying so hard to recover from the excesses of all its pasts, this should take place. She was sad that her China will lose face and that it will cause others to view her as a barbarian.

We understand the reason why the one child policy was adopted and its effect in curbing population growth are now become very apparent (consider the opposite in India) however, in a modern state with aspirations to becoming a world power that this could happen is simply unacceptable.

The officials responsible should be severely punished according to law. President Hu or Prime Minister Wen should speak on this subject to assure both the people of China and the larger world that China will not condone such barbarity and such infringements of fundamental human rights.
June 15, 2012    john@
Read this KMT lovers. This is the communist regime KMT wish to be reunited with. Taiwanese are so naive believing whatever 'Miss' Ma says. Threats of war with China and economic collapse are the KMT tools for Taiwanese to vote for this incompetent leader and party. You have yourself to blame when you one day wake up realizing this is not Taiwan anymore.
June 15, 2012    dpp4sale@
john@ wrote:
Read this KMT lovers. This is the communist regime KMT wish to be reunited with. Taiwanese are so naive believing whatever 'Miss' Ma says. Threats of war with China and economic collapse are the KMT tools for Taiwanese to vote for this incompetent leader and party. You have yourself to blame when you one day wake up realizing this is not Taiwan anymore.
FY...This doesn't concern Ma nor KMT. Your mom probably surely regret when she had you......
June 15, 2012    lightxl@
John, you are a douche. The incident happened in a province in China and has nothing to do with Taiwan or its people.
June 15, 2012    miller.henry641@
john@ wrote:
Read this KMT lovers. This is the communist regime KMT wish to be reunited with. Taiwanese are so naive believing whatever 'Miss' Ma says. Threats of war with China and economic collapse are the KMT tools for Taiwanese to vote for this incompetent leader and party. You have yourself to blame when you one day wake up realizing this is not Taiwan anymore.
Are you aware of the number of abortions here on Taiwan each year?
Are you aware that the majority of those babies killed (aborted) are female?

Save the anti-KMT rhetoric and understand that dead babies are not a KMT/DPP/TSU/ whatever party result here on Taiwan.
June 15, 2012    sparkyrot@
djpaulyd@ wrote:
This is horrible. The officers who forced this young woman into doing this should have their children aborted, even if they have been living for years. Then imprison them for the rest of their miserable little lives.
What??? Are you mad??? That would make it all better, killing more innocent lives. This horrendous act is an abomination, but to suggest that a suitable punishment would be to murder more people is outright idiocy.
June 15, 2012    joesun@
A cold-blooded murder!
June 16, 2012    anthonym_lee@
alisonbailie03@ wrote:
God says we are wonderfully made but man still decides to murder unborn children.
Shame on China and the rest of the world that carryout these murders.
The children are safe in the arms of Jesus for evermore.
Praise his lovely name.
Be aware of the issues. Be obedient to the word of God.
ABORTION: Psalm 139:13-16. 13 You formed the way I think and feel.
You put me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because you made me in such a wonderful way.
I know how amazing that was!

15 You could see my bones grow as my body took shape,
hidden in my mother’s womb.
16 You could see my body grow each passing day.
You listed all my parts, and not one of them was missing. Read Jeremiah 1:5 and Psalm 22: 9-10
In Matthew 26:52 52 Jesus said to the man, “Put your sword back in its place. People who use swords will be killed with swords. and that also goes for people who Kill Gods Children.
June 17, 2012    mandco0607@
I don't care about politics or the reasons behind a one child policy - let’s all stop for a moment and realize that that is a real corpse a proposed life, with a future a life granted by nature who should over rule that once created? and for whatever reason - this world has lost another soul which may or may not have made a difference to the world - after all some of the great leaders and influences of this world have come from humble beginnings - I am not against abortion but medical reasons only please and China you should bow your head in shame.
June 18, 2012    deryck.read@
The Chinese and Germany's Nazi governments are similar in that both are/were totalitarian, are/were cruel and ruthless in administration of law, practice/practiced oppression of political protesters and racial minorities, enforce/enforced social control and censorship and have/had huge territorial and resource ambitions.
June 18, 2012    cokimcorpus@
India kills the girls, China kills the boys and the second child, the U.S kills both...Abortion runs rampant in these times. It is a time of great darkness.
June 20, 2012    carltanong@
All sweet LOVingER man, woman and parents should understand that the world population was exploding like nuclear bomb.

_When they make LOVE they forget their government have one child policy to control population explosion..
_When they make LOVE, they regret when baby comes out to this wonderful world and create burden for them..
_When they make LOVE they did NOT considered if they are financially stable enough to support the new born baby.
_When they make LOVE, they want satisfaction and don't used contraceptive.....etc......

Just go and see the world for yourselves. U can see the street of the world are full of street children roaming around without clothes, shoes, even briefs to cover their private parts, begging for foods and sold as merchandize..

WHERE ARE THE LOVingER parents supposed to give them shelter and LOVE?

ABORTION =ABANDONING theirs own baby and child.

GOD forgive those SINNERs LOVingER sweetheart and irresponsible parents.
June 22, 2012    ziwaka22@
May I suggest the more humane policy of letting the baby born and to be adopted by any couple having the problem with infertility. Biological parents shall surely be satisfied if their child is still in the world even if being brought up by foreigners.
June 23, 2012    MrNiceGuy@
The whole premise is wrong. You have a god-given right to have children (universal law for you atheists). Rights come from God not from governments. Of course this goes against the whole idea of communism, socialism, marxism, and the progressive movement where government is your God.

Guess what carltanong@ my children are none of your business. All I need is some bureaucratic communist like yourself telling me how to live my life. You just can't grasp the idea of "Life, liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness". That also includes the freedom to fail.
June 23, 2012    piawliangjohny@
It’s a shame to both parents and the official who both are murderer. Parents should be responsible as they know they can’t have more than 1 child. Use of contraceptives are available now a days. The official and the parents should be punished, or send them both in war. Use them as bullets to kill more innocent people also lessen their population.
June 27, 2012    the1andonlypieper@
djpaulyd@ wrote:
This is horrible. The officers who forced this young woman into doing this should have their children aborted, even if they have been living for years. Then imprison them for the rest of their miserable little lives.
Why should their children have to be aborted?? Can you not think of anything to do to harm these people themselves instead of harming other people/ their children to get to them?? Is there something wrong with you?? People like yourself also have miserable little lives of your own.
July 1, 2012    the_alliance47@
The issue here should be about abortion in general. When people choose to have an abortion as a means of population control, society will inevitably collapse. Look at all the problems the United States is facing. Most social issues are the result of people not appreciating the life-giving nature of sex. Taiwan, tread carefully!
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