Abortion Has a FacePublished by josh mulvihill on Wed, 06/20/2012 - 8:32am
Earlier this week the USA Today ran an article that has left me deeply disturbed. This hit especially close to home because my wife Jen is six-and-a-half months pregnant. If I was Chinese, that could be my child lying dead on the table.
For the past 30 years China has enforced a horrific “family planning policy” restricting couples who live in an urban area to have only one child and couples who live in a rural setting to two children. If a couple becomes pregnant beyond the legal limit they are forced to either pay a hefty $6,300 fine or have an abortion. Forced abortions occur, probably on a regular basis, but the heavy handed Communist Party has been able to keep couples quiet due to coercion or threats of violence.
Recently, the heart wrenching story of Feng Jianmei has gone public. Feng was contacted by Chinese authorities and required to pay a fine for having more children than are allowed by law. Because Feng and her husband are poor they could not pay the fine. While Feng’s husband was at work authorities showed up at her home, abducted her and forced her to abort the baby. Feng’s sister witnessed the entire episode and took a picture of Feng laying in her hospital bed next to her murdered daughter. It is a difficult story to read, but I encourage you to do so.