After this horrific photo of a post-abortive Feng Jianmei and her 7-month old fetus circulated around Chinese social networking sites in mid-June, Chai Ling has spoken out on her behalf, urging China to abandon its brutal One-Child Policy and campaign against women.
Update: Feng's Husband Flees From Officials
June 27, 2012
Two weeks ago, the graphic photograph of Feng JianMei's forcibly aborted 7-month-old fetus shocked the world. The central government has sacked one official and punished another, but little has been done to protect Feng and her family, nor have there been any signs of reform of China's forced abortion practices. Relatives have reported that Ms. Feng's husband, Deng Jiyuan, was cornered and beaten when trying to meet with a lawyer last Friday. He fled the next day after being summoned to meet with government officials. While the family has heard from Deng and is assured of his safety, they are unsure of his whereabouts.
Feng, meanwhile, is in the hospital and not allowed to leave. She told reporters that she felt "under a lot of pressure"- no doubt because protestors supporting the Family Planning Commission had gathered outside her hospital, denouncing her for sharing her story and attempting to violate the One-Child Policy. Some internet users have also attacked the family for turning to the foreign media. It is possible that this backlash is being funded by the government to generate public opinion in their favor.
Please keep Feng Jianmei and her family in your prayers.
Chai Ling Speaks Out on Al Jazeera
Watch Ling's interview HERE.
Chai Ling warns: "We need to stop this kind of terrible campaign against women and children in China and immediately. We were told this is not just a single case; it's the beginning of a campaign by local authorities in an effort to try and improve their one-child policy record."
Today, BBC News reported here that China had apologized for the forced abortion and were punishing those who had carried it out. Let us continue to put on pressure to end forced abortions in China!
Chairwoman Ros-Lehtinen and Members of the Committee, I thank you for your time today, and Chairwoman, in particular I thank you for your leadership on this important issue. You brought up China’s brutal practices with Hu Jintao during his visit – in a challenge to him to end it. Thank you for your courage and clarity. We all know that the President of China denied that there are forced abortions and sterilizations in China, and we all know that they happen daily and are part of the reason we are meeting today.
HANDAN, Hebei, China -- 45-year-old farmer Ai Guangdong ended his life on December 4th to pay for China’s One-Child Policy fines.
Ai, father of five, made around 5,000 yuan ($823) a year mainly by growing corn. When Ai had his second daughter in 2003, family planning authorities charged him...