A newborn baby girl was abandoned Tuesday on the streets in China, a country where girls continuously are targeted for abortion and infanticide.
A medical professional found the baby girl, and, though born prematurely, the baby is doing well in Bo’ai Hospital in Guilin, China, according to the Daily Mail.
Dr. Yang Jin’e, who witnessed the incident, said she saw the baby’s mother around noon on Huancheng Bei Lu in Guilin. Yang said the mother was squatting down near some garbage cans.
“I thought she was relieving herself at first, but then I saw her throwing something into the bin,” Yang said.
Yang said she found the child and alerted authorities. She said the baby was purple, and the weather was cold. Police said they are looking for the mother.
Though the mother’s motivations are not clear, China is infamous for late-term abortions and infanticide related to its onerous population control measures.
The Asian country also has a huge gender imbalance due to cultural preferences for male children. Estimates for the number of girls who were sex-selectively aborted in China range from 35 million to 60 million. In November, the Epoch Times reported the current ratio of boys to girls in China is 115.4 to 100.
An October 2016 report from the U.S. Congressional-Executive Commission on China described the country’s human rights record as “utterly disgraceful.” It found that coercive population control measures continue, despite China’s new two-child policy.
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China loosened its one child policy in 2016, allowing families to have two children instead; but the change has done very little to alleviate the gendercide. Families report they still face pressure from the population control police to have fewer children, to be sterilized and even to abort their unborn babies. Some of the abuses include being coerced or forced to abort their unborn children, fired from their jobs and penalized with huge fines.
In 2016, the BBC interviewed a Chinese family who went into hiding after conceiving a third child.
“The local government carries out pregnancy examinations every three months,” the husband told the BBC. “If we weren’t in hiding, they would have forced us to have an abortion.”