How much is a life worth? In Ankang City, in central Shaanxi Province, the answer is 40,000 yuan, or about $6,300. That’s the amount Feng Jianmei did not have when population control officials demanded the amount as a fine for a second birth. As a result, no fewer than 20 officials went looking for the 22-year-old woman. When they found her, they forced her into a car. When she resisted, they beat her. Then, they detained her for three days.
On June 2nd, officials forced Feng to undergo an abortion. Afterwards, they laid the blood-soaked, seven-month-old fetus next to her on her bed. A photo of the mother with her dead child circulated online, causing national outrage. “This is what they say the Japanese devils and Nazis did,” a comment on the website netease.com said.
Eventually, family planning officials paid Feng 70,600 yuan to settle the matter. Deng Jiyuan said he and his wife still want another child.