Uyghur mother Bumeryem Rozi said she was six and a half months pregnant when Chinese Communist Party authorities forced her to abort her unborn baby.
Her story, shared by the Associated Press this week, is more evidence of mass genocide against the Uyghurs, a minority Muslim population, by the Chinese government. Reports of forced abortions, forced labor, torture, mass internment and other abuses against the Uyghurs in Xinjiang, a province in China, continue to grow. The United States, Canada, England and other countries have condemned these abuses as genocide, but Chinese authorities deny all wrongdoing.
Rozi, who now lives in Turkey, told the AP that her youngest son still is detained in China and has been since 2015. She plans to participate in a tribunal in London, England, this weekend that is investigating allegations of genocide against the Uyghurs.
“I want my son to be freed as soon as possible,” Rozi said. “I want to see him be set free.”
Back in 2007, Rozi said she lost another child to a forced abortion. She said government officials gathered a bunch of pregnant women, put them in vehicles and took them to a hospital. There, she said they forced her to abort her viable, late-term unborn baby.
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“They first gave me a pill and said to take it,” she said. “So I did. I didn’t know what it was. Half an hour later, they put a needle in my belly. And sometime after that I lost my child.”
Rozi told the AP that she was afraid authorities would hurt her other children or take their home if she refused to take the pill.
Her story is just one of many reports of forced abortions in China. Other women and doctors also have testified publicly about the horrific abuse.
One, Dr. Semsinur Gafur, a former OB-GYN from Xinjiang, told the AP she used to work for the Chinese government. One of her tasks was to go to women’s houses and check to see if they were pregnant, she said.
“If a household had more births than allowed, they would raze the home … They would flatten the house, destroy it,” Gafur said. “This was my life there. It was very distressing. And because I worked in a state hospital, people didn’t trust me. The Uyghur people saw me as a Chinese traitor.”
Another former Chinese obstetrician, Hasiyet Abdulla, who now lives in Turkey recently told Radio Free Asia about the forced abortions and infanticide that she witnessed in Xinjiang hospitals.
“There were babies born at nine months who we killed after inducing labor,” she said.
Chinese government leaders say these reports are lies by “anti-China forces.” They said China is not committing genocide or forced labor in Xinjiang, according to the report.
But many world authorities disagree.
Earlier this year, an international group of human rights leaders published a report estimating that about 2 million Uyghurs have been “eradicated” by the Chinese Communist Party in the past eight years, Forbes reports.
The independent report, authored by more than 50 international human rights experts, adds to growing evidence of massive human rights abuses in China, ones that pro-life leaders have been warning about for years. Among these are “systematic forced abortions” through all nine months of pregnancy, which China “explicitly admits the purpose … is to ensure that Uyghur women are ‘no longer baby-making machines,’” according to the report.
The human rights experts said the Chinese Communist Party is violating “each and every act” prohibited in the United Nations Genocide Convention.
Echoing stories pro-lifers have been sharing for years, another recent Associated Press report exposed even more of these horrors, including police raids on families’ homes in search of illegal children, families going into hiding to protect their children, government intimidation and more.
At least 1 million Uighurs have been placed in “re-education” camps since in 2017, PBS News reports. And, according to the AP, one of the main reasons for their detention is having too many children.
For decades, Chinese families were limited to one, two or three children, depending on the year and the family’s circumstances, and family planning rules require that each pregnancy be spaced three to four years apart.