ZHENGJIAMEN, HUBEI, CHINA, July 2, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) – As the husband who revealed a brutal forced abortion remains in hiding, Chinese human rights advocates have exposed another late-term “induced miscarriage” carried out in compliance with the nation’s one-child policy.
Hu Xia was seven months pregnant with her second child when officials in Shangche township, located in Hubei province, told her she must pay a fine or undergo an abortion.
Unable to meet the financial penalty, officials at People’s Hospital gave her unborn child an injection on June 19. The child died two days later.
China’s South Metropolis Daily reported that government spokespeople said the woman acted of her own volition. But according to news reports, the mother lay motionless in bed, staring at the ceiling days after the “voluntary” procedure.
“Forced abortions are not a choice but violence against women and their unborn children,” said Bob Fu, president of the human rights organization ChinaAid. “Another life was lost unnecessarily to advance China’s ‘one-child’ policy, which cannot be sustained without violence and coercion.”
The lethal injection took place the same day that Fu launched the Chinese Children Defense Fund, a project to provide Chines facing a forced abortion with everything from financial and legal assistance to an “Underground Railroad” for mothers and their children.
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Last month, pictures of an aborted seven-month-old unborn child lying next to his mother shocked the consciences of viewers around the world. The child’s father, Deng Jiyuan, recently resurfaced after going into hiding, branded a “traitor” by his government.
Officials will spare the child if the couple pays a $24,000 fine.
ChinaAid has noted that indigenous Chinese hate the one-child policy, “both because it leads to violence against women and because it is creating a two-tier baby system: rich families who can bribe or pay huge fines for a having a second child and poor families who cannot.”
The regime recently imposed the largest fine in the history of the one-child policy, demanding a southern China couple pay $210,450 (1.3 million yuan) or undergo compulsory infanticide.
Fu said the ongoing bloodshed proves “International attention can help save some women from violence in the short-term, but consistent international condemnation is needed to help convince Beijing that this policy makes a rising China look barbaric and backward.”