Chinese Woman Dies During Forced Abortion at Six Months

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Oct 17, 2011   |   6:52PM   |   Beijing, China

Two leading human rights groups that monitor the one-child policy in China and the forced abortions and sterilizations that occur as family planning officials vigorously enforce it, are highlighting new information showing a woman recently died in a forced abortion. Women’s Rights Without Frontiers and China Aid have obtained information showing that, on October 12, a woman died during a forced abortion done on her and her unborn child at six months into pregnancy.

According to a report posted on, Jihong Ma was seized by Chinese family planning officials for a forced abortion, having violated the population control law. She was placed on oxygen to deal with the stress of being forced to submit to an abortion.

On that forum, a  family member wrote: “More than ten persons from the Family Planning Bureau came, took off the oxygen mask from her and forced her to induce labor. From the time she was put into operating room at 4:00 p.m., there was no news about her.”

“At night around 10:00 p.m., someone came, opened the door of the delivery room and slipped away,” the family member continued. “We ran into the delivery room and saw that the doctors and nurses all disappeared while poor Jihong Ma’s body had already been totally freezing cold, with purple lips and bleeding nose, lying on the operating table without any movement . . . Jihong Ma’s daughter does not know yet that her Mom has passed away. She cries looking for Mom every day.”

Reggie Littlejohn, the president of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, responded to the news.

“Our hearts go out to the family of Jihong Ma, who was their wife, mother or daughter,” she said in a statement LifeNews received. “China’s cruel and barbaric forced abortion policy causes more violence towards women and girls than any other official policy on earth. It is China’s war against women and girls. Women are forcibly aborted up to the ninth month of pregnancy. Forced abortion is not a choice. It is official government rape.”

Littlejohn issued a call to action: “We urge people to join the fight against forced abortion in China. Watch the 4-minute video, sign the petition, and forward them to your friends.”

Bob Fu, President of China Aid, also commented on the situation.

“Tragedies like this demonstrate the urgent need for China to establish the rule of law,” he said. “Family Planning Police commit hideous crimes with impunity, as do those who persecute the house churches and Chinese human rights lawyers. Chen Guangcheng has stood up for victims of forced abortion. He has been jailed, tortured, denied medical treatment, and we don’t know whether he is dead or alive.”