NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) -- Discussion about forced abortions in China was sparked by a viral online photo of a young woman lying next to her aborted baby in a Chinese hospital.
That woman, Feng Jianmei, has been a rallying point according to Bob Fu, founder and president of ChinaAid who has broken several stories about the atrocities Chinese women have had to face living under that country's one-child policy.
Feng was captured by Chinese officials in June while her husband was out after they discovered she was pregnant with her second child. The government officials forced her to sign a consent form and then injected her with a substance that caused her to give birth prematurely. She was almost 8 months pregnant.
The gruesome photo that quickly spread across the Internet was taken by Feng's sister-in-law, who leaked it onto Sina Weibo, a China microblog much like Twitter.
Feng's husband, Deng Jiyuan, fled his village where groups of people held banners claiming he and his family were traitors for taking the story of his wife to foreign journalists. The family has also been threatened with violence.
After traveling on foot for more than three days Deng arrived in Beijing where he met with a Christian human rights lawyer who took up the family's legal case. The case is now pending.
Baptist Press asked Fu about the effect of China's one-child policy on its people, including stories of families who have contacted his U.S.-based organization after being forced to abort their children, often late into the woman's pregnancy. Following is a transcript of the interview edited for length and clarity.
BAPTIST PRESS: Could you briefly explain the one-child policy?
BOB FU: One couple is only allowed to have one-child, except there are several exceptions. After the one-child policy was enacted there were several exceptions like if you're a minority group you are allowed to have the second one. In the past 10 years or so it also relaxed a little bit by saying if the first one was a girl, then if the girl grew to 10 years old then you can apply for the second pregnancy. This one-child per couple policy has been enforced pretty much by force all over China to really millions and millions of women every year. Read More