by Steven Ertelt
December 4, 2007
Shenyang, China (LifeNews.com) — A Chinese man has been sentenced to death for burning his girlfriend and causing her severe burns after she refused to have a sex-selection abortion. Such abortions have plagued the Asian nation by creating a skewed gender imbalance that’s resulting in a plethora of social problems.
The man, referred to only as Wang in official Chinese media reports, received the death sentence from the Shenyang Intermediate People’s Court on Monday.
He met his 24 year-old girlfriend Sun last year and began living together. Sun became pregnant and, six months into the pregnancy, she found out that her unborn child was a girl.
Wang pressured Sun to have an abortion, but she refused.
According to the Xinhua news agency, Wang poured gasoline on Sun on February 13 and set her ablaze. Neighbors heard Sun screaming as she ran out of the couple’s home.
They doused the fire and rushed her to a local hospital, but Sun suffered severe burns on 30 percent of her skin and her lungs and face were damaged as well. The unborn child was killed as a result of the attack.
Xinhua reports that Wang fled after the attack and was finally arrested on March 22 in a nightclub and he was armed with a handgun at the time of his arrest.
Wang must pay Sun about $95,000 US in damages as compensation before he is subjected to the death penalty.
China’s Family Planning Association reported in August that the male-female ratio in most of the cities in the Asian nation is alarmingly skewed because of sex-selection abortions and infanticides.
The practices have run rampart in response to the coercive one-child family planning policy the nation instituted. With most of the residents of China allowed just one baby per family, residents are following their cultural preferences and trying to have boys instead of girls.
They’ve resorted to sex-selection abortions and infanticides as a result and that has caused the disproportionate percentage of boys to girls to skyrocket.
The organization says the gender imbalance has reached such a high figure that it has exceeded the recommendations of the United Nations.
It said abortion is the cause of the gender imbalance — which has already led to the selling of girl babies, forced marriages, sexual slavery, an increase in crime and a host of other social problems.
Long-term, a nation of mostly men will find themselves without partners and experts predict serious mental health issues and other negative effects. It will also lead to fewer children supporting their older parents and grandparents and a potential financial collapse or poverty as a result.