US Congress Learns of the Forced Abortion of Feng Jianmei
Created: 2012-07-11 10:11 EST
On Monday, the US House of Representatives held a hearing to discuss a forced abortion in China that’s making headlines. Feng Jianmei was forced to abort her seven-month-old fetus earlier this month because she couldn’t pay a fine of 40,000 yuan, around 6,300 US dollars, for her second pregnancy.
It would’ve been her second child, had it not been for the Chinese regime’s one child policy. The abortion in Shaanxi Province generated an uproar in the Mainland and overseas after photographs of Feng and her aborted fetus were released on the Internet.
Speaking at the hearing in the US capital was China Aid President Bob Fu, who condemns the practice of forced abortions and wants the US government to speak out against it.
[Bob Fu, President, China Aid]:
“We are urging to stop this brutal one-child policy, especially this type of brutal behavior, forced abortion and the policy of forced sterilization.”
Forced abortions are nothing new in the Mainland, but Shanghai rights lawyer Li Tiantian wants the information to become more widespread.
[Li Tiantian, Rights Lawyer]:
"Now the Chinese Communist Party massively utilize this type of method. International societies want to know a lot of the truth, more citizens want to know the truth, but it's sealed just like this."
Rights groups have long condemned the brutal practices of China’s family planning authorities. They've been calling on Western governments and international organizations to step up pressure on the Chinese regime to end the abuse of women and children.