Outrage over picture of Chinese forced abortion at nine months
by Katerina Nikolas
April 2, 2012
An image of a nine-month-old baby born as the result of a forced abortion and thrown in a bucket to die caused outrage when it was circulated on Weibo, China’s version of Twitter, last week.
The forced abortion was carried out by Chinese family planning authorities in the town of Moshan, because the parents already had one child. Prison Planet reported the parents were hunted down and the mother injected with poison to induce an abortion. The report said after “the baby was ‘pulled out inhumanly like a piece of meat,’ it was still alive and began to cry before doctors slung the defenseless child into a bucket and left it to die.” According to a commentator on Beijing Shot monetary rewards are offered to women who agree to abort their children in order for family planning authorities to meet their targets. If the birth quota is exceeded then the whole village faces a penalty.