Chinese officials stormed the home of an eight-month pregnant woman on Oct. 10, forcing her to undergo an abortion. The baby would have been the family's second child, exceeding the country's one-child limit.
The Daily Mail of London reported Oct. 22 that 12 Chinese police officers forced the woman to go to a hospital and undergo an abortion. According to the British daily, the incident occurred near the city of Xiamen one month after the Beijing government announced it would not be modifying its family planning laws in the near future.
The woman, 36-year-old Xiao Aiying, was repeatedly kicked in the stomach and then injected with chemicals to try to kill the baby at the hospital.
The woman’s husband, Luo Yanquan, who is a construction worker, said police officers “held her hands behind her back and pushed her head against the wall and kicked her in the stomach.”
“Our 10-year-old daughter has been excited about having a little brother or sister but I don’t know how I can explain to her what has happened,” he said.
On September 25, 1980, the Communist Party of China announced the implementation of a one-child per family policy. Violations of the policy are punishable by forced abortions, fines and imprisonment.