How is the life for Feng Jianmei these days? A lot of people might not recognise her by her name, but the photos of her that have been widely spread on the internet since that day in June 2012.
Feng Jianmei, whose daughter was forcibly aborted seven months into her pregnancy last June, has told a Chinese TV station of her continued struggle for emotional healing.
“Several local government officials lost their job and I got compensation [for the circumstances], but there is no real winner in this case,” Feng told Shanghai-based Dragon TV, according to a report by the pro-life organization All Girls Allowed, which is based in Boston.
“We lost the most,” Feng said in an interview with the satellite TV station. “We lost a baby.”
The story and photo of Feng and her forcibly aborted daughter went viral on the Internet after family planning officials in China’s Shaanxi province kidnapped, beat and forced her to undergo an abortion while her husband Deng Jiyuan was at work. She had no birth permit under China’s population control program known as the “one-child” policy.
Family planning authorities earlier had levied a fine and, when Feng’s family did not pay, they performed the abortion on her and placed her dead child’s body in bed with her. A Chinese dissident posted an account and a photo of the devastated mother and her dead daughter on the Internet, sparking global attention.
Feng, in the interview, said she moved to China’s Jiangsu province for medical treatment and emotional health.
She told Dragon TV (in Mandarin), “I thought that if I changed my living environment, my mood would get better. After I went to Jiangsu province, I felt much better. Before, when people recognized me, it always reminded me of the forced abortion…. I had a very uncomfortable feeling.
“I went to the hospital to get checked a few times,” Feng said. “When I went to Jiangsu, I also got checked several times. I underwent a small surgery over there. There are still some problems with my body. I’m still in the process of healing. I also take medicine every day.”
The local government initially said they would pay for hospital bills associated with her recovery from the forced abortion, but they have yet to follow through.
“They told me about a reimbursement at the beginning,” Feng said, “but they never mention that any more ” Two surgeries she underwent cost nearly £1,117 (€1,317 $1,700)
Feng said she hopes to return to Shaanxi province to be with her husband, who is forced to live hundreds of miles from his wife to pay for her medical expenses.
What happens now? How will her life be? And a very important question: How many more women have suffered and STILL suffer the same brutality?? Her story needs to be told over and over again no matter how uncomfortable the truth is. This needs to STOP NOW.
Photo of Feng Jianmei and her husband Deng Jiyuan
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