Wednesday 22 November 2017

Forced abortion for mum who failed to fill form

Malcolm Moore in Beijing

A CHINESE mother was held down while a lethal injection was given to her seven-month-old foetus, after she failed to fill in an application form to have a second child.

A photo showing Feng Jianmei (23), on a hospital bed, with the corpse of her unborn daughter beside her, has spread virally on the internet and forced the Chinese government to admit an illegal infanticide.

The photo, taken by her cousin, was posted on the internet on June 11, a week after local Communist officials in Ankang, Shaai province, aborted Mrs Feng's child.

Mrs Feng and her husband, Deng Jiayuan (29), already have a child, a six-year-old girl. But, as farmers, they were entitled to have a second baby.

When Mrs Feng was three months pregnant, officials said they asked her to fill in a form and to change her Chinese registration permit, to say she lived in the countryside.

It is not clear why Mrs Feng failed to fill in the forms. She has complained on Weibo, China's version of Twitter, that she was not warned of the consequences until it was too late. Officials offered her family a deal: pay 40,000 yuan (€4,983) to smooth the bureaucracy over.

When the couple said they did not have the money, Mrs Feng was taken by officials, her husband said. The officials held her for three days, before giving the foetus a lethal injection. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent

Promoted Links

Today's news headlines, directly to your inbox every morning.

Promoted Links

Editors Choice

Also in World News