Sunday, May 03, 2009

The sad case of surrogate mothers in China

In many countries across the world, thanks to the miracles of modern science, couples who are incapable of bearing children often use surrogate mothers to have their babies. Apparently this is becoming common in China too with the rising affluence among its young rich. However unlike most countries China holds an iron fist when it comes to birth of children and I was surprised to read the draconian measures being taken to control their birth,
In the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, three young surrogate first-time mothers were discovered by authorities hiding in a communal flat. Soon afterwards, district family planning and security officers broke into the flat, bundled them into a van and drove them to a district hospital where they were manhandled into a maternity ward, the mothers recounted to Reuters. "I was crying 'I don't want to do this'," said a young woman called Xiao Hong, who was pregnant with four-month-old twins. "But they still dragged me in and injected my belly with a needle," the 20-year-old told Reuters. ... Another of the surrogates, who said she'd come from a village in Sichuan province, recounted how officers made her take pills then surgically removed her three-month-old fetus while she was unconscious.

Again I don't have statistics currently about how widespread the crackdown on these cases, but hopefully will be able to provide some soon.
Very sad but I'm sure something like this will not be reported in the Chindu which publishes only the happy tales of the Chinese.


Gandaragolaka said...

That this sort of thing really happens in China is a reminder of why we should fight communism :

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