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Forced Abortion Exposes the Pain of China’s One-Child Policy

 

Melissa Chan of Al Jazeera English interviews a family following a forced abortion in one of China's coastal cities. The baby’s father, Luo, thought his family had registered his son in compliance with the policy.  

In the interview, the father painfully recounts the recent ordeal during which his wife, who was in her eighth month of pregnancy with their second child, was beaten and kicked in the stomach and then forcibly taken to an abortion clinic while he attempted to get the necessary paperwork. Her unborn child was killed by lethal injection. The traumatized mother would not allow herself to be shown on camera, and the Al-Jazeera report showed only her pregnant belly as she waited in the hospital to deliver her dead baby.

“I don’t know how I can possibly explain my ten-year-old what has happened,” says Luo.  “She’s been rubbing my wife’s belly, saying, ‘Soon I’ll have a new baby brother!’”

 “Our hearts are broken again,” said All Girls Allowed founder Chai Ling, “for this family, for the suffering mother, father, and their innocent daughter, who is about to learn the cruel truth of the one-child policy through the fate of her baby brother whom she will never meet.”

This is not an isolated incident. According to China’s own official statistics, at least 35,000 abortions are performed every day, or about one every 2.5 seconds.

“We urge all people and leaders of the free world to view this video and hear the cries of the parents and this unborn child who was simply murdered,” said Chai. “How long will the world turn a blind eye to this inhumane policy?”