Genocidal attitude

Photograph>> Family Planning • China

Published: Monday 30 November -0001

imageLast month when Feng Jianmei, 27, said she would not be able to pay a fine of around US $6,300 as required under the Chinese law for having a second child, birth control authorities took her to hospital and forced to have an abortion. Feng already has a daughter.

The incident sparked public anger after Feng’s sister posted photographs showing the mother lying next to her stillborn baby, BBC reported. To allay public anger, the authorities apologised to Feng and said they were investigating the case. Chinese law prohibits abortion beyond six months, but many are forced to have abortions days before their due dates as authorities try to meet birth quotas set by Beijing to control the country’s exploding population.

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