IMAGE: Cell phone image of officials detaining Zhong Xuexiang before forcibly sterilizing her (Source: my.tianya.cn)
GUANGZHOU, Guangdong, China—A woman confined to a hospital in Guangzhou pled for help, saying that she is suffering major complications from a forced sterilization surgery that took place this year.
Zhong Xuexiang, 39, is suffering from internal bleeding after doctors cut into her large intestine during a forced sterilization on January 21. That procedure left her very ill, but her condition worsened sharply in June when she started choking up blood and became unable to walk.
Her husband took her to a provincial hospital after he overcame resistance from local authorities, but the government reneged on its promise to cover the costs of repairing the damage done to Ms. Zhong in January. Since June 6, she has been shunted to different hospitals and her efforts to contact authorities have been fruitless.
Meanwhile, officials have harassed the couple’s four children, who remain at home in a village in the mountains. Ms. Zhong’s cousin said, “They might just go back home, but they are afraid of what could happen. The officials wouldn’t even let them leave to get treatment until she was vomiting blood and couldn’t walk.” More details on Ms. Zhong’s story can be found in a posting on Tianya.cn, a Chinese human rights website.
In an ironic twist, Ms. Zhong reached out to All Girls Allowed on the same day the National Population and Family Planning Commission held its semiannual meeting in Beijing. The Commission enforces the One-Child Policy, and proclaimed a year of “success” despite several recent stories of forced abortion that prompted calls for the end of the coercive policy. Wang Xia, the Minister of the Commission, urged the enforcers of the policy to “be more steadfast with our confidence and determinations.”
Chai Ling, the founder of All Girls Allowed, took issue with Wang Xia’s assertion that the local level Family Planning work has been “good” with its “programs progressing smoothly.” Chai said, “It is amazing that a year like this, with so many recorded cases of forced abortion and sterilization, can be considered a ‘success’ and ‘smooth progress’ for the One-Child Policy. This year, experts in China have increasingly said that the policy is harmful. Yet the Commission wants to enforce the One-Child Policy even more resolutely despite these concerns. They will continue to force women into sterilizations and abortions, and it defies both logic and humanity.”
Chai Ling said she hoped that the US State Department would raise Zhong Xuexiang’s case this week during its annual human rights dialogue with Chinese leaders. “Women like Zhong Xuexiang, Feng Jianmei and Zhang Wenfang are pleading for Chinese government to end its violent enforcement of the One-Child Policy,” said Chai. “Chinese citizens are echoing those calls. We hope that the U.S. stands with the Chinese people in encouraging the government to set aside this policy that harms women.”
All Girls Allowed (http://www.allgirlsallowed.org) was founded by Chai Ling in 2010 with a mission to display the love of Jesus by restoring life, value and dignity to girls and mothers in China and to reveal the injustice of the One-Child Policy. “In Jesus’ Name, Simply Love Her.”