by Steven Ertelt
April 17, 2007
Beijing, China (LifeNews.com) — A human rights group says it’s learned that two Chinese provinces are engaging in a brutal campaign of forced abortions against Christian women. The campaign has seen government officials literally drag women from their homes for abortions because their families are involved in unsanctioned churches.
In a statement sent to LifeNews.com, the U.S.-based China Aid Association says a "massive" forced abortion campaign is occurring in China’s Guangxi Province.
The group says that one seven month pregnant Christian woman, Linrong Wei, was dragged into the hospital from her home on Tuesday by ten officials from the Population and Family Planning Commission in Baise City, Guangxi.
Her husband Yage "James" Liang was formerly a pastor in the government-sanctioned church before he became a pastor of an illegal, underground house church a year ago.
CAA tells LifeNews.com that eyewitnesses told it that 40 other pregnant women were forcefully moved to the Youjiang District People’s Hospital of Baise City on the same day for forced abortions.
The group said that pastor Liang indicated the couple had an unexpected pregnancy but wanted to keep the baby. However, Wei was injected with medicine to induce birth Tuesday morning.
The human rights watchdog also reported that a woman in the hospital bed next to Wei was nine months pregnant and injected with the same drug to cause a miscarriage.
The family planning officials told relatives of the women that their babies will be born and most likely die within 24 hours, the group indicated.
Meanwhile, a Christian woman in Laiyang city, Shandong province is facing a forced abortion as well.
Hui Xu, 39, became pregnant with her second child accidentally 6 months ago. She and her husband are now facing increasing pressure from the local family planning office to have abortion.
Their home is at Fangyang Village, Tushan Town, Laiyang city, Shandong province.
China Aid Association is urging people to ask their elected officials to put pressure on Chinese authorities to stop the forced abortion campaigns.