Christian Lawyer Condemns Forced Abortion Case in China, Officials Suspended
By David Jenkins - Crossmap On June 15, 2012
In response to a recent forced abortion case in China which drew the attention of international media, a well-known Chinese Christian lawyer Zhang Kai intents to represent the mother, calling the came "crime against humanity."
Feng Jianmei, 25, was seven-months pregnant when officials forced her to have an abortion at a hosptial in the northwestern province of Shanxi in June. She was allegedly dragged from her home because she could not pay a fine upwards of $6,000 for having a second child.
The issue sparked outrage around the world after her husband posted photos online of her on a hospital bed, next to her aborted baby girl's blooded corpse.
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"The tragic Zhenping case violates the most basic conscience of mankind," Zhang wrote on his blog.
"I cannot accept this kind of blatant murder in the land we that we live in. To ignore it is, I think, is to be no different than the murder. This is a crime against humanity."
"What the authorities did ... represents a serious violation of national and provincial policies and regulations on population and family planning," the provincial family planning commission said, according to the official Xinhua news agency.
Thursday, Chinese officials confirmed that the reports regarding the case are true, and further condemned the brutal and illegal tactics used by the local government.
The city government apologized to Feng and suspended three officials, including the head of the family planning bureau.
"This is a serious violation of the National Population and Family Planning Commission's polices, jeopardizes the population control work and has caused uneasiness in society," reads the statement on the Shanxi provincial government website.
Zhang had not been allowed into the hospital to see her, according to what he told Reuters.
"To our understanding, she was forced into giving her signature," Zhang said.
"This is a crime and they must be held criminally responsible. The second goal is to make sure the party involved gets the relevant compensation," said the lawyer.
ChinaAid, a Christian evangelical aid organization based in Texas, has also spoken out against the case.
"We are convinced that the tragedy of this kind of human extermination happens daily in many different places," said ChinaAid founder and President Bob Fu.
"We are dedicated to the building of a Chinese society that respects life, love, and justice."
ChinaAid is currently highlighting the plight of another Chinese woman, 37-year-old Cao Ruuyi, who just last week was threatened with imminent forced abortion, according to The Christian Post.
If she does not abort her baby by June 16, she must pay a "social burden fee" of $24,000. If she fails to pay the fee, her child will not to be granted any basic social provisions of health care or access to education under Chinese law.
Chen Guangcheng, a blind Chinese activist who recently arrived in the U.S. after his imprisonment and house arrest, is known for working against China's forced abortions in the name of the government's so-called one-child policy which has existed since the 1970s to control its population, which is now at 1.34 billion.