New Program Funds Attorneys for Chinese Forced Abortion Victims
Following reports that alarmed the world about a woman victimized by an abortion at the seventh month of pregnancy, a human rights group that has been focusing on helping such victims has launched a new program.
A forced abortion case exposed by the website 6-4 Tianwang, which posted a post-abortion photo of the mother lying on a hospital bed with the body of her seven-month-old unborn baby next to her, has triggered a chain of angry protests from around the world.
“A life was lost unnecessarily on June 3,” says Bob Fu, President of ChinaAid, an organization that monitors activities in China and helps victims of human right violations. “Unfortunately, millions of lives are lost each year in similar circumstances. Local officials have admitted that this forced abortion was illegal, we will demand that someone is held responsible.”
But Fu is not content to just complain about what happened. ChinaAid has announced a new Chinese Children Defense Fund that will provide funds to hire lawyers to defend families faced with forced abortions, to pay fines issued to family planning agencies, and to gather information on forced abortions and sterilizations in China.
“In the long run, this evil system needs to end and it will end when the Chinese people stand up and demand it,” says Fu. “With the viral response from China’s netzins, the clock has started ticking on China’s forced abortion policy. We stand by ready to help anyone who is victimized in this way.”
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“The international community should also ask the Chinese government to end a practice that makes modern China look barbaric and backward. Forced abortions are not a choice but violence against women and their unborn children,” he continued.
ChinaAid has been also monitoring the case of Cao Ruyi, the five-month pregnant mother in Changsha, Hunan province, who faced the threat of a forced abortion, and have been active in drawing Chinese and international attention to the case, leading to some recent positive developments.