Social Media Shines Light on Forced Abortions in China

Social Media Shines Light on Forced Abortions in China

Several news events in the last few months have highlighted China’s policy of forced abortion, causing widespread outrage throughout the international community. For years the Chinese government has denied that forced abortions are a result of their one-child policy; however, several incidents of forced abortions have been documented and transmitted through social media in the past few months, gaining the attention of the international media. The National Catholic Register reports,

Last week, Chinese officials announced a “resolution” to one well-publicized case that galvanized the nation: Feng Jianmei, who lost her 7-month-old unborn child after she underwent a forced abortion on June 3, received $11,200 in compensation.

A photo of Feng lying in a hospital bed next to the corpse of her dead child sped from an Internet microblog and soon surfaced in the international media: “Just how much is a dead baby worth?” asked one Time news story, adopting language that departed from the usual pattern of describing an unborn child as a “fetus.”

Though there has not been any perceived action on the part of pro-choice organizations to work against these violent policies, there are signs that a shift may be on the horizon.

In one striking, if modest example, Nancy Northup, president and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights, a leading abortion-rights group, wrote a letter to The New York Times denouncing Beijing’s treatment of Feng Jianmei.

“The government’s efforts to dictate the reproductive choices of its citizens through cruel and inhuman treatment are a gross violation of fundamental human rights,” wrote Northup.

It is not expected that China will reverse its one-child policy due to public outrage, however these incidents have opened up the discussion about the effects that “population control” policies are having on the Chinese people.

For an in-depth look at these issues, read the full article at the National Catholic Register.