In China, a woman who is eight-months pregnant is considering an illegal abortion to save her husband’s job.
She told the New York Post, “I’m fearful. If my husband believes I must abort the child, there’s nothing I can do. I am worried he would lose his job even after we lose the baby, if the situation gets messy.”
The woman, known only by her surname Chen, says she feels pressure to abort her baby because her husband could lose his job with the local police. Initially, the couple hoped the country would change their brutal one-child policy before Chen was this far into her pregnancy but family planning officials in Yunnan’s Chuxiong prefecture said they could face consequences. Although they will not force the couple to abort the child, they may face fines and the family’s income is now in jeopardy.
The family planning official involved in the case, Wen Xueping, said they are worried about the attention the couple’s situation is receiving. He said, “No way will we force them to have an abortion. But there also is the suspicion that the couple wants to avoid the punishment for breaking the rules by stirring up public interest.” Later he added that members of the public have been calling their offices to find out more information about the couple and their case has sparked interest on social media.
Earlier this year, a teacher in China was told she would get fired if she didn’t abort her second child even though she was initially given permission to have the baby in her town of residence, Huangshan city. Unfortunately, an officer from the health and family planning commission said she has to follow different regulations since the school where she works is located in Guizhou province. Qin Ti was five months pregnant with husband Meng Shaoping and they were given to the end of the month to have the abortion or she would lose her job.
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As LifeNews previously reported, in a recent Congressional hearing, blind Chinese activist and attorney, Chen Guangcheng, said in the 35-years since China’s brutal one-child policy hundreds of millions of babies have been killed. In 2005, Chen came to prominence after he started investigating reports of forced abortions and sterilizations in villages in eastern China. Now Chen is a senior fellow at Catholic University of America and said the following at a hearing of the Congressional Executive Commission on China:
“Over the past 35 years, China has killed a total of 360 to 400 million young lives as a result of its inhumane and violent birth control policies. During a six-month period of 2005, more than 130,000 forced abortions and/or sterilizations took place in Linyi city alone. More than 600,000 family members suffered during this period.”
He added, “This brutality and these crimes against women and their families have wrought irrevocable physical, spiritual and psychological harm.”
Additionally, CNS News reports that Chen gave graphic details of forced abortions in China, including late-term abortions where children born-alive were killed by drowning or by breaking their neck. The chairman of the commission, Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.), said that Congress passed a bill in 1999 to hold foreign governments accountable for human rights abuses like these.
Rep. Smith said, “In his testimony, Chen absolutely gets it right. He calls China’s coercive population planning policies ‘genocide.’ He calls for an international tribunal to investigate these crimes against humanity and calls on the administration to enforce existing U.S. law and bar Chinese officials from coming to the U.S.”