When An Abortion Isn’t A Choice

Jun 15 2012 @ 7:23pm

Evan Osnos tells the story of a Chinese woman forced to abort her baby:

She had violated the one-child policy. Two shots were injected into her belly, and on the morning of June 4th she gave birth to a stillborn baby girl. Afterward, while she lay on a metal-framed hospital bed, her sister took a devastating (and, be warned, graphic) photo: mother, beside the bloodied remains of her daughter. It electrified the country. By Thursday night, the topic had attracted a million comments on Weibo, the Chinese Twitter, and rage was mounting.

Osnos calls "the case is a dramatic demonstration of exactly why the Communist Party had reason to be afraid of the Internet."