Posted By Jennie Chancey on November 3, 2011
From The Guardian online:
When Ma Jihong became pregnant for a third time, she looked forward to expanding her family. So many neighbours had broken China‘s strict birth quotas she thought she could too.
But six months later she died in panic on an operating table after officials in Lijin, Shandong province, forced her into a late-term abortion, relatives have said.
Her eldest daughter, 14-year-old Yuyu, has not spoken since Ma’s death more than a week ago. Yanyan, aged four, cries for her mother but does not even know she is dead – relatives unsure how to break the news have pretended that Ma has left in search of work.
“We thought we had lost the child, but we did not know we had lost the mother,” a source close to Ma’s family, who asked not to be identified, said.
Beijing has sought to move away from coercive enforcement of its one-child policy. Forced abortions and sterilisations are illegal, but experts say abuses continue as local officials strive to meet birth targets.
Read the full piece at THIS LINK. We’ve posted many things on China’s one-child policy, and particularly on the high numbers of baby girls who are selected for abortion, which is already wreaking havoc with the ratio of women to men in the rising generation. The problem China faces in the future isn’t overpopulation but a shortage of women and too few young people to care for the elderly. (Click the abortion and demography tags for more information on this.)