Forced Abortion Campaign in China Continues, 61 Women Victimized

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 20, 2007   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
April 20
, 2007

Beijing, China ( — A human rights watchdog group says that two Chinese provinces that have come under fire for forcing Christian women there to have abortions are continuing the campaign. The China Aid Association reports that a total of 61 women and their unborn children became victims of the campaign in Guangxi province.

The group tells that 41 women were forced to have abortions on Tuesday and another 20 more pregnant women were forcibly aborted on Wednesday.

The abortions have all occurred at the Youjiang District People’s Hospital of Baise City.

Eyewitnesses report to CAA that at around 5:00pm on April 18, more than 20 more pregnant women were transported into the same hospital by the Family Planning officials. Within 30 minutes, about 10 of them were injected forcefully for an abortion.

This means within last 24 hours, at least 61 babies were killed by forced abortions.

CAA told that Ms. He Caigan was 9 months pregnant but family planning officials injected her baby’s head and 20 minutes later, her baby stopped moving and died.

One seven month pregnant Christian woman, Wei Linrong, was dragged into the hospital from her home on Tuesday by ten officials from the Population and Family Planning Commission.

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.

Wei gave birth to a boy, but he was dead because of the injection. She received three injections — one is to induce the birth and the other two to kill the baby in the womb, the group said.

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.

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.

CAA told that after its initial reports on the forced abortion campaign surfaced, family planning officials stepped up their presence at the hospital where these women are held.

The human rights organization is calling on international groups and governments to urge the Chinese government to halt the campaign.