Feng Jianmei: A Brutal Forced Abortion

 

On June 2nd, 2012, a group of officials abducted 23-year-old Feng Jianmei from her home in Shaanxi Province while her husband was away at work. She was seven months pregnant with her second daughter.

 

The officials took Ms. Feng to a clinic and demanded 40,000 RMB ($6,270) from her. When she didn’t have the money, they restrained her, forced her thumbprint on a “consent” form, and injected a lethal toxin into the brain of her unborn daughter.

 

Ms. Feng was devastated. “I could feel the baby jumping around inside me all the time,” she told Chai Ling, “but then she went still.”

 

After the forced abortion, Ms. Feng began experiencing painful contractions. She was given no anesthetic, and the contractions continued for two days before her body expelled the baby. She said, “It was much more painful than my first childbirth. The baby was lifeless, and she was all purple and blue.” Hospital workers left the deceased infant lying beside Ms. Feng on a plastic bag—and it was then that her sister-in-law snapped this photo:

 

 

All Girls Allowed issued a press release on June 12, and by June 14th almost every major international news outlet had picked up her story, sparking a global outcry. Chinese citizens were outraged at the brutal treatment of Ms. Feng and demanded justice for her—and renewed calls for the end of the One-Child Policy.

 

Feng Jianmei and her husband received a settlement from the Chinese government and are working to rebuild their lives. Nothing can replace the daughter they lost, but they know that Ms. Feng’s bravery in sharing her story was a tipping point in the battle against forced abortion.

 

NBC Nightly News Interviews Feng Jianmei After Forced Abortion

 

Aired on June 29, 2012

 

Feng Jianmei was seven months pregnant when she was forcibly taken to hospital and her child aborted, because she and her husband couldn’t afford the fine imposed in China when couples have a second child.

 

NBC’s Angus Walker reports from Shaanxi Province, China.

 







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