Mei’s parents already had two children when she was conceived in 1971 in China. Her life in the womb began just as China started to implement population control measures that would lead up to its brutal One-Child Policy in 1980.
Government officials told Mei’s mother to abort her, Mei said in a YouTube video as part of the Almost Aborted Project. Her mother was given a very strong, poisonous herb to induce an abortion; but after taking the drug, her mother experienced heavy bleeding and went to the hospital, she said. There, doctors discovered that Mei was still alive.
Twice more, her mother was forced to take the abortion drug, but it never succeeded in killing Mei in the womb.
“The third time it almost took my mom’s life,” Mei said.
After three failed abortion attempts, the Chinese doctors suggested a saline injection abortion, which would poison and burn Mei to death. Mei’s father put his foot down and refused to allow it to happen. He took his wife home to recover, she said.
Doctors made one final attempt to abort Mei when she was between six and seven months in the womb, she said. The physician wanted to do partial-birth abortion, but somehow they didn’t succeed and Mei was born, she said.
As an infant, Mei said she was very sick and spent a lot of time in the hospital. She was taken away from her mother for several weeks as a newborn but later was returned to her family, she said.
“I look back. I can’t understand, God’s hands protect me the whole time,” Mei said.
Mei is now married and has two sons. She said the impact of the multiple failed abortion attempts on her life hits her every time she looks at her sons. They never would have been conceived if Mei had been aborted.
“Whenever I see them I just can’t believe how good life is because if I was not here, I’m not giving them life today,” Mei said, “and I just want to tell everyone that life starts at the beginning … they deserve to live their life.”