‘My poor wife, my poor child’: another 8 month-old baby forcibly aborted in China
FUJIAN PROVINCE, CHINA, July 11, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) – Yet another victim of China’s forced abortion policy has come forward to sue the government for its brutal and corrupt treatment of his wife and family.
Wu Liangjie said his wife, Pan Chunyan, was eight months pregnant in April when family planning officials injected poison into her unborn child’s head, causing her son to be born dead two days later – despite the fact that the family had paid the fine for having a third child.
“There is no way to describe how she felt when she saw the baby,” Wu said. “An hour earlier, she could still feel the movement of the unborn baby in her womb, but now in front of her was a dead baby boy, bruised all over with some skin peeling from his face…She broke into wailing the moment she saw the little corpse.”
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Because of Chunyan’s rural location and the fact that their first child was a girl, the couple was permitted to have two children: a girl, 8, and a boy, 3. But party leaders in Dongjing village in Fujian province demanded the family pay 45,300 yuan ($7,110) when they learned of the third pregnancy in March. Wu told officials, “The baby is already so big, aborting it would cause my wife too much suffering and too much heartbreak. So we’ll pay.”
Yet after the family made an agreed payment of 20,000 yuan and agreed to pay the rest at birth, officials reportedly imprisoned Pan and demanded 55,000 yuan within hours. After handing over the borrowed money, Wu said officials rushed his wife to Xianyou County Women and Children’s Hospital.
“A group of people broke in and killed the eight-month unborn child in my wife’s womb with an injection of poison,” Wu said. “One of my cousins tried to film this on his cell phone, but he was beaten up too and his cell phone was snatched away.”
“At the beginning, the baby moved violently in my wife’s womb, probably because of the pain.”
On April 8, their son was delivered stillborn.
“After that, my wife and I have had nightmares every day in which we relive what happened on that day,” he wrote in a letter posted on the website of ChinaAid. “It’s as if they don’t even consider us to be human beings…This is murder!”
“My poor wife, my poor child,” he said.
A village official would neither confirm nor deny to media whether the abortion had taken place.
Wu’s son’s death did not end his troubles, as Communist leaders demanded he shut down his micro-blog and be sterilized, or they would not return the 55,000 yuan.
Wu said he went on the run on June 29, eventually making his way to Beijing to meet Zhang Kai, the Beijing-based Christian lawyer who represented forced abortion victim Feng Jianmei. Zhang Kai is now representing Pan Chunyan.
Village officials settled the earlier lawsuit after agreeing to pay Jianmei $11,000. The case, and others that have come to light, inspired pro-life Rep. Chris Smith to hold Congressional hearings on the continuing human rights violations imposed by China’s one-child policy earlier this week.
Zhang Kai hoped “with our efforts, after a few years, such tragedies will never happen again.”