by Steven Ertelt
April 24, 2007
Baise City, China (LifeNews.com) — Chinese family planning officials are denying reports that a total of 61 women and their unborn children have become victims of forced abortion. Human rights groups, relying on eyewitness accounts, have said that women in Guangxi province were forced to have abortions as late as seven and nine months into pregnancy.
As LifeNews.com previously reported, the China Aid Association indicated that 41 women were forced to have abortions last 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.
But, a Baise City family planning official named Nong told National Public Radio that forcing women to undergo abortions against their will would be against the law.
He claimed that an investigation by officials into the reports had already been concluded and that officials determined the reports of forced abortions were fabricated.
The Xinhua News Agency, which is the official news outlet run by the Communist government, reported that the Baise City government last year missed its family planning target by a fraction of 1%.
Observers say missing the family planning goal may be the reason the forced abortion campaign appeared out of nowhere last week.
Eyewitnesses report to CAA that 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.
CAA told LifeNews.com 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 LifeNews.com 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.