In China, a newborn baby was rescued from the inside of a public toilet after her mother gave birth and abandoned her in the city of Beijing.
The Daily Mail reports that police discovered the infant when members of the public called them to say that they could hear a baby crying. Miraculously, the child survived even though she was found stuck, head-first down the pipe of the toilet.
The local police chief, Qian Feng, explained, “Her head was upside down and her body was falling into the drain. We could only vaguely see her feet from the side. She just kept crying. I looked again, and thought we should try to pull her out even if the possibility might be slim.”
Now police are searching for the baby’s mother and father. Unfortunately, incidents like this are not uncommon in China because of their strict one child policy. In fact, Lifenews has shared countless stories of infant abandonment and killings in China. For example, in 2014, we shared a story about a baby surviving being flushed down a toilet after people heard him crying and came to his rescue.
In that case, firefighter Li Zhi rescued the baby. He said, ‘It was really a race against time because somebody could have flushed something down the sewer again at any stage, or the baby might have turned over and ended up face first in the filthy water and drowned. But we didn’t want to smash the pipe because we thought that might also hurt or even kill the baby.”
Last September was the 34th anniversary of China’s brutal one-child policy, which has resulted in over 400 million abortions and 37 million sex-selection abortions. The policy has also resulted in infanticide, late-term abortions, forced abortions, forced sterilization and infant abandonment cases like this one. Although we can all agree that what this mother did to her baby was incredibly horrific, we simply don’t know what drove her to do so; and it wouldn’t be unbelievable if she was threatened or forced to kill her baby.
This is because China’s one-child policy instills fear within women in awful ways. Many men put pressure on women to abort their girls for boys; husbands often threaten divorce as punishment for his wife when she refuses to abort; and friends and family belittle their pregnant women for wanting to keep their babies.
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Additionally, according to the most recent Human Rights Report on China (2010) from the Department of State, the One Child Policy is linked with high female suicide rates. In 2009, there were approximately 500 female suicides per day, which adds up to 182,500 suicides every year. Chris Smith of New Jersey, one of the leading pro-life and human rights advocates in Congress, puts the one-child policy in perspective.
Smith said the policy creates an “atmosphere of fear” where anonymous pregnancy informants spy on citizens. “The brave pregnant woman who refuses to give in is usually detained and beaten – or, if she goes into hiding, her relatives are detained and beaten. Families that succeed in hiding an “out-of-plan” pregnancy are punished with fines up to ten times the average annual income,” he explained.