When you're pregnant, and especially when you're getting into your third trimester, you can't help but be soooo excited! You're counting down the days till you can finally meet the little nugget you've been carrying inside you. You can't wait till you can hold him, count his little fingers and toes, and take in all of that yummy new baby smell.
Now imagine you're seven months pregnant, and in full nesting mode, getting every last detail perfect for the arrival of your mini man—a little brother for your older son. Then, the government sends a gang of people to abduct you, and hold you down on a table while that baby you have been dreaming about is forcibly aborted. You scream out begging them to stop, but they keep right on going. Within minutes, your baby is gone, and you will forever feel like a piece of you is missing. Your son will never be a big brother. How can you just pick up the pieces and pretend like it never happened? You can't!
No, this is not the plot to some Hollywood blockbuster. This is the story of Gong Qifeng, a Chinese woman who was seven months pregnant when she was given an abortion against her will, because she was pregnant with her second child—which violates the country's strict One Child Policy. The even sadder part is that Gong's story isn't that out of the ordinary in her country, and many women who've been forced into abortions end up having mental breakdowns (like Gong, who was recently diagnosed with Schizophrenia) or commit suicide.
According to the 2012 Department of State Human Rights Report on China, 590 women are committing suicide a day in the country. Two of the factors cited include "the traditional preference for male children, and birth limitation policies." The Chinese government is said to be easing up on the Once Child Policy, because they are now allowing people who are only children to have two kids. But that is only if they are granted a permit before getting pregnant—talk about planned parenthood!
If a couple gets pregnant a second time without government permission, it's considered a crime and the woman could be subjected to a forced late-term abortion if and when the government finds out she's pregnant. To date, the Chinese Communist Party boasts that it has prevented 400 million lives through the One Child Policy. There's no way of knowing how many of those lives were lost to late-term abortions, and how many women are mentally, physically and emotionally scarred for life from this sick and inhumane policy. What a complete nightmare these women have to endure. My heart is breaking for each and every one of them.
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