The story of a (WARNING: GRAPHIC) forced abortion in Ankang, Shaanxi has gone viral. On June 2, Feng Jianmei, seven months pregnant with her second child, was arrested, brought to the hospital and given an injection to induce labor after she failed to pay a 40,000 yuan (US$6,275) fine. She miscarried on June 4. Local authorities claim they acted within their rights to enforce China’s family planning policy, often called the “one-child policy.”
[UPDATE: The Deputy Mayor has apologized to Feng and her husband, and said local officials responsible for the abortion will be suspended.]
The gruesome story of Ms. Feng’s ordeal is currently the third most popular trending topic on Weibo, down from number one earlier today. The keyword search “induced abortion of seven-month pregnancy” (怀孕7月遭引产) is still the most popular, returning over 319,000 results. Graphic images of Ms. Feng and her aborted child have circulated widely.
A Weibo post on the case by the economics magazine Caijing has been reposted over 7,600 times and commented on over 2,806 times:
Caijing: Story of Forced Abortion Goes Viral; Local Officials Claim They Acted Lawfully: Without notifying anyone, a mother seven months pregnant in Ankang, Shaanxi was forcibly given an injection to induce abortion. The Family Planning Bureau of Zhenping County, Ankang claims that as the mother was illegally pregnant, local cadres persuaded her to undergo abortive surgery. The surgery was carried out on June 2 at 3:40 p.m. http://t.cn/zWP7fGd
财经网：【网曝安康怀孕7月孕妇遭强制引产 官方称依法执行】网曝陕西安康怀孕7月的母亲，在没通知家人情况下肚中胎儿被强制引产。对此，安康镇坪县计生局在其官网回复，称该孕妇属政策外怀孕，通过 镇干部反复思想疏导，孕妇同意落实终止妊娠术，并于2日15时40分接受终止妊娠术。http://t.cn/zWP7fGd
Comments on the Caijing post show netizen outrage over this incident:
Yunyun: The flaws in the system killed this poor child before it even came into the world. I’m waiting for their judgement.
PeachHou: When foreign media said China doesn’t have human rights, I used to get really angry; but now I have to admit, we don’t!
SnowCity: Everyone already knows this kind of thing happens, so why is it only taking center stage now? The only way out of this is to start a two-child policy.
chenxizhong: Whether or not this is real, the most despicable, most revolting, most inhumane, most unjust, most punishable national policy is none other than the one child policy! F*ck!!
muguwuchaobao: Harmonious society~~in a few days, this will be harmonized~~~
The activist lawyer Chen Guangcheng, recently arrived in the U.S., was punished with seven years of jail and illegal house arrest for fighting just such coercive enforcement of the one-child policy in his native Linyi, Shandong. Yesterday, the Internet curator SneezeBloid posted another chilling tale of forced abortion in a different region of Shandong:
The Catastrophe of 1991: Weibo user @LiPeixun says, “Do you know about the slaughter of the lambs in Guan County, Shandong? I had a look on Baidu. In 1991, the county launched the ‘Childless Hundred Days’ campaign. All pregnancies were forcibly aborted, regardless of whether the mother was obeying by the one-child policy. You were even supposed to kick pregnant women in the stomach. Shen County followed suit and ‘enjoyed success.’ Ours is the only country in the world with this fundamental policy of ‘suicidal infanticide.’”
【惨绝人寰发生在1991年】@李培顺 说，你知道山东冠县的杀羊羔吗？我查了查百度。1991年，山东冠县发起“百日无孩”运动，要求无论是否合乎计生要求，一律强制流产，甚至见孕妇就踹肚 子。后来莘县也效仿，并“取得了成功”。我国仅此一朝以“切腹杀婴”为基本国策，世界仅我国有此国策。
SneezeBloid also included a Weibo post on sex-selective abortion:
AuthorChenLan: In the last thirty years, pregnancies, even of women about to give birth, have been legally terminated with poisonous injections. Ignorant parents are encouraged or forced to undergo illegal ultrasounds, and if the fetus is female it’s aborted. This is murder on a scale unprecedented in human history, murder committed in the safest place in the world. Crying mothers are beaten black and blue. History will repay us. Our generation will have one thousand years of shame for the Auschwitz of the womb.
作 家陈岚：长达三十年的时间里，合法地将甚至临产的胎儿，用毒针注射致死，鼓励或逼迫愚昧的父母违法去做B超，将女性胎儿堕胎，这是人类历史上从未有过的大 规模的谋杀，无辜的婴儿，被谋杀在本是最安全的处所，哭泣的母亲遍体鳞伤。历史将来会清算，我们这一代人，都要为子宫里的奥斯维辛耻辱千年。
Mara Hvistendahl’s book Unnatural Selection addresses the social consequences of sex-selective abortion and female infanticide, with an emphasis on China and India.
Read more about the one-child policy from CDT.