"Those at our company who were in charge of our planned birth knew I was pregnant. ... A few months later, they said, 'You can't have this child. It's not in keeping with the spirit of related documents.' ... 'I'm five months pregnant. We have our religious faith. By our religion, abortion is not permitted. It's a crime," Mahire replied.
The company bureaucrats didn't care.
Mahire pointed to laws permitting ethnic minorities to have more than one birth, pleading for her baby's life: "Many times I spoke with my bosses, requesting permission to have the child."
Alas, policies were violated; action must be taken.
"Finally, my unit decided to take me by force to the hospital for an abortion. I was then six and a half months pregnant."
Company officials tried to get Mahire to see reason: "'If you don't do what we want, we'll suspend your wages, cancel your bonuses, levy a 2,500 RMB penalty on you, suspend all benefits you are enjoying now. And your child will never have a residence permit. He'll be a nobody.'"
This is what a "non-forced abortion" in China looks like.
In the end, three company officials showed up at Mahire's house with a Nissan van and drove her to the hospital. When she saw the needle they were about to insert into her belly, "I told the obstetrician, 'Doctor, don't give me the shot. I want to go home. I want my child!' ... But the two nurses started pressing my arms with all their might. One of the nurses said ferociously, 'Who told you to get pregnant! Who told you not to act according to the planned birth policy!'"
Remember Mahire when you read about other human rights violations in China and when you watch the world's athletes come together in Beijing this spring.
Maggie Gallagher is a nationally syndicated columnist, a leading voice in the new marriage movement and co-author of The Case for Marriage: Why Married People Are Happier, Healthier, and Better Off Financially.
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