QIAN’AN, China — Yang Zhongchen, a small-town businessman, wined and
dined three government officials for permission to become a father.
But the Peking duck and liquor weren’t enough. One night, a couple
of weeks before her date for giving birth, Yang’s wife was dragged from
her bed in a north China town and taken to a clinic, where, she says,
her baby was killed by injection while still inside her.
"Several people held me down, they ripped my clothes aside and the
doctor pushed a large syringe into my stomach," says Jin Yani, a shy,
petite woman with a long ponytail. "It was very painful. … It was all
Some 30 years after China decreed a general limit of one child per
family, resentment still brews over the state’s regular and sometimes
brutal intrusion into intimate family matters. Not only are many second
pregnancies aborted, but even to have one’s first child requires a
Seven years after the dead baby was pulled from her body with
forceps, Jin remains traumatized and, the couple and a doctor say,
unable to bear children. Yang and Jin have made the rounds of
government offices pleading for restitution — to no avail.
This year, they took the unusual step of suing the family planning
agency. The judges ruled against them, saying Yang and Jin conceived
out of wedlock. Local family planning officials said Jin consented to
the abortion. The couple’s appeal to a higher court is pending.
The one-child policy applies to most families in this nation of 1.3
billion people, and communist officials, often under pressure to meet
birth quotas set by the government, can be coldly intolerant of
My question is this: Where is Amnesty International on this? What are they doing to help the Chinese people from having their rights (and the rights of their unborn children) violated? (I mean aside from pushing for abortion to be a "universal right".)
Quick quiz: who said, "Violence cannot be answered by further violence, murder by murder"? If you answered "Amnesty International", you’re wrong. These are actually the words of Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, in response to Amnesty International saying that abortions are needed in Darfur because of the use of rape as a form of torture. It’s the old "2 wrongs don’t make a right", and abortion is not a right!
[Note: although there has been some press about pro-life rockers and the "Instant Karma" "Relief for Darfur" CD, there is not yet any evidence, one way or the other, that specific artists (like Christina Aguilera or Avril Livigne) are in fact pro-life, offended, or possibly pulling out of the project.]