Lijing County, Shandong Province
Women’s Rights Without Frontiers and China Aid have obtained information that on October 12, 2011, a woman died during a forced abortion. She was six months pregnant.
According to a report posted on fanfucn.com, Jihong Ma was seized by Family Planning Officials for a forced abortion, having violated the One Child Policy. Stressed, she was placed on oxygen. In the words of a family member:
“More than ten persons from the Family Planning Bureau came, took off the oxygen mask from her and forced her to induce labor. From the time she was put into operating room at 4:00 p.m., there was no news about her . . . At night around 10:00 p.m., someone came, opened the door of the delivery room and slipped away. We ran into the delivery room and saw that the doctors and nurses all disappeared while poor Jihong Ma’s body had already been totally freezing cold, with purple lips and bleeding nose, lying on the operating table without any movement . . . Jihong Ma’s daughter does not know yet that her Mom has passed away. She cries looking for Mom every day.”
Reggie Littlejohn, President of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, stated, “Our hearts go out to the family of Jihong Ma, who was their wife, mother or daughter. China’s cruel and barbaric forced abortion policy causes more violence towards women and girls than any other official policy on earth. It is China’s war against women and girls. Women are forcibly aborted up to the ninth month of pregnancy. Forced abortion is not a choice. It is official government rape.”
Bob Fu, President of China Aid, stated, “Tragedies like this demonstrate the urgent need for China to establish the rule of law. Family Planning Police commit hideous crimes with impunity, as do those who persecute the house churches and Chinese human rights lawyers. Chen Guangcheng has stood up for victims of forced abortion. He has been jailed, tortured, denied medical treatment, and we don’t know whether he is dead or alive.”
Littlejohn issued a call to action: “We urge people to join the fight against forced abortion in China. Watch the 4-minute video, sign the petition, and forwarding them to your friends.”
A video and petition to free Chen Guangcheng can be found here:
To read the report in Chinese, click here: http://www.nvquan.org/2011/10/blog-post_306.html
Here is the full report in English:
October 15th, 2011 Saturday
A Pregnant Woman Was Forced To Induce Labor To Death By Family Planning Office Of Lijing County Shandong Province (Special Manuscript)
By Shuchun Ge and Aiguo Wu, From www.fanfucn.com 010-87836605
Time, 10/15/2011 22:06:45
On October 14th, 2011 a web friend named “Folk1987” posted an article on sina microblog. The article says Jihong Ma, a pregnant woman from Jiangjiazhuang village of Lijing county (Donying city Shandong Province), was taken to the Central Hospital of Lijing County by Lijing Sub-district Family Planning Office and forced to induce labor, leading to her death. At present the article has been transferred and commented by nearly one thousand web friends. Yesterday fanfucn.com and konggaocn.com investigated the event via telephone interview. (p.s.Screenshot from NvQuan.org. Click to enlarge)
“Folk1987” also posted the dead woman, Jihong Ma’s picture on the blog. The blog article says, “On the 12th of this month when a six-month-pregnant woman was taking oxygen therapy, more than ten persons from the Family Planning Bureau came, took off the oxygen mask from her and forced her to induce labor. From the time she was put into operating room at 4:00 pm, there was no news about her. Because of her family members’ strong demands, the door of the operating room was opened around 10:00 pm. We went into the operating room. There wasn’t any doctor or nurse. Jihong Ma’s freezing body lay on the operating table with eyes open and without any breath.
The author of this article contacted “Folk1987” via the phone and learned that “Folk1987” is a relative of the dead woman, Jihong Ma. “Folk1987” indicated that what she had said was true. She said, “Jihong Ma’s daughter does not know yet that her Mom has passed away. She cries looking for Mom everyday. We asked for help from the news media of Shandong, but no one would like to step out. Web friends, please pay close attention to this event.”
What is the reason for this kind of terrible result (Jihong Ma’s one body, two lives [ended])? “Folk1987” said frankly that this result directly came from the Lijing Sub-district Family Planning Office’s rude action of taking Jihong Ma by force to Central Hospital Of Lijing County and forcing her to induce labor because she broke the one-child policy.
“Jihong Ma and her husband Xuetao Gao (Nickname Anliang Gao) have only had two kids. This pregnancy had been six months. On October 12, 2011 more than ten persons from Lijing Sub-district Family Planning Office came, took Jihong Ma by force to the Central Hospital of Lijing County and forced her to induce labor without caring for her safety.”
It is reported that because of being taken by force to the Central Hospital of Lijing County, Jihong Ma was really stressed and developed the symptom of breathing difficulty. When her family members tried to help her get oxygen therapy, a man who called himself the Secretary of Lijing Sub-district Office claimed that Jihong Ma was pretending. He said, “I’ve met too many people like Jihong Ma.”
“After that, several men took off Jihong Ma’s oxygen mask rudely, forced her to press a fingerprint on a piece of paper and then carried her to the delivery room. To our fear, a few people saw that while Jihong Ma was carried to the delivery room, her pants had been pulled down below her thighs, but the men who were carrying her did not care. Jihong Ma’s family member was beat up because of trying to stop several men’s rude behavior.” said “Folk1987” angrily.
Jihong Ma’s elder sister did not expect that Jihong Ma would die after she was put into the delivery room. “At that moment a person who called himself the Secretary of Sub-district Office said there would not be any problem. We also expressed that we would give up the baby in order to ensure the adult’s safety. But soon after Jihong Ma was put into the delivery room, the nurse came out and said they were rescuing Jihong Ma. After that the big iron door of the delivery room was closed and no one was seen after that.
It is known by the author of this article, on that day when the event happened it was 4:00 p.m. when the nurse of the Central Hospital of Lijing County claimed that they were rescuing Jihong Ma. Around 9:00 p.m. the man who called himself the Secretary of the Sub-district Office still claimed that they had found specialist to rescue Jihong Ma. At last no one knew when that “Secretary” left the hospital, while Jihong Ma’s family was still waiting with anxiety outside of the delivery room.
“At night around 10:00 pm, some one came, opened the door of the delivery room and slipped away. We ran into the delivery room and saw that the doctors and nurses all disappeared while poor Jihong Ma’s body had already been totally freezing cold with purple lips and bleeding nose, lying on the operating table without any movement.”
In the opinion of Jihong Ma’s family, the Central Hospital of Lijing County did not make any effort or do any treatment to rescue Jihong Ma. She died on the operation table, but her family did not see any record of a rescue effort. They did not see any doctor or nurse, and even at the nurses’ station they did not see any shadow of a half nurse on that day. Nobody in charge from the Central Hospital of Lijing County came out to communicate with Jihong Ma’s family.This farce, that Lijing Sub-district Family Planning Office forced the pregnant woman to induce labor, finally caused a terrible result of one body with two lives and ended roughly, with the escape of the related persons responsible for the event. (p.s. So far the Public Security Bureau has involved this case. They said they were investigating but did not tell the dead woman’s family how the case was going and whether they had dealt with the persons responsible for the event.)
Since the event happened, it has been several days. No one has prosecuted this case. When the author of this article called the Family Planning Bureau of Lijing County, a staff member who was on duty said, “The relationship between the Family Planning Bureau of Lijing County and Lijing Sub-district Family Planning Office is only professional guidance and the Family Planning Bureau of Lijing County has nothing to do with Jihong Ma’s case.”
While the author of this article called Lijing Sub-district Office a few times, the staff members who answered the calls all claimed that they did not know about this case. After one of the staff members of Lijing Sub-district Office asked for the instructions from his leader, he asked the author to contact the Propaganda Department of Lijing County Party Committee.
For the case of Jihong Ma’s one body with two lives, Yunlei Liu, a part-time researcher of China University of Political Science Research Center of Difficult Cases, member of Beijing Lawyers’ Association, thinks that the related persons responsible for the case should be prosecuted for criminal liability. According to some related laws, Jihong Ma’s family can also ask for compensation from Lijing Sub-district Office and the Central Hospital of Lijing County.
Up to the release of this report, the dead woman Jihong Ma’s family claimed that Lijing county had set up a special team to investigate this case. “Three days after the event we sent Jihong Ma’s body to the funeral home in order not to bother all the other patients who were receiving treatment at the Central Hospital of Lijing County. The people from the special investigating team asked if we had any request, and we had already notified them that we want to learn the cause of Jihong Ma’s death, and the related persons responsible for her death to be prosecuted,” said Jihong Ma’s family. The author of this article is going to continue to report this case. (Shuchun Ge, Aiguo Wu)
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