Sunday, February 15, 2009

Forced abortion, infanticide in China

The Times

Chinese women are daring to speak out themselves. Zhang Linla, who has a four-year-old daughter, told a website in Shenzhen, on the border with Hong Kong, that she was subjected to a late forced abortion because she became pregnant again before the period officially allowed between births.

"Six days before the due date, 10 strong strangers came to my house, forced me into a truck then took me to a family planning clinic, where the doctor gave me an injection," she said.

"The child began struggling in my womb and one of these scum even kicked me in the abdomen. Then the baby came out and they threw it into a rubbish bin. I could even see it was still moving."

I want to undescore how Canadian feminists perceive this situation.

As far as they're concerned, the only crime that took place was that of forcing the woman to undergo an abortion.

The murder of the child in the womb? It didn't take place. Why? Because unborn children have no rights, not even children days from being born.

It is absolutely plausible that some enraged boyfriend or family member might kill an unborn child in a similar fashion (well, okay, minus the injection).

What is the attitude of the feminists toward the baby: tough luck kid. You didn't breathe, you don't exist.

So no unborn victims of crime law to redress the situation.

An even more horrifying story, reported on hundreds of websites, concerned a case of infanticide in Wuhan, central China, last September. A farmer named Huang Qiusheng said his wife, who was nine months pregnant, gave birth to a live child despite being forced to submit to an injection to induce an abortion. The infant was thrown into a urinal.

So to repeat: for feminists-- inside the womb, no rights, once outside the womb, the baby has rights. That magic umbilical cord is the reason to not express any humanity towards that child.

The next day an elderly woman named Liu Zhuyu heard the child's cries, rescued it, washed it and delivered it to a neonatal clinic. But the reports claim that five family planning officials confronted Liu, seized the child and killed it by throwing it to the ground.

The complexity of family planning laws and their arbitrary enforcement often contributes to cases of cruelty.

This month a newspaper in Yunnan province reported a case of compulsory sterilisation that has appalled commentators. It involved a woman named Zhang Kecui, who was ambushed in the street by family planning officials and dragged on to the operating table for a sterilisation.

Zhang has two children and according to regulations should have been sterilised after the second birth. Her husband has lodged a legal complaint but has little hope of redress.

Sociologists and doctors are beginning to question the long-term effects of the birth-control policy.

"As a woman, I believe that coercing a woman who is eight months pregnant to have an abortion is inhuman," a family planning official, who asked not to be named, told The Sunday Times.