No Chance for Life
April 18 was an unhappy day for Wei Linrong and her husband Liang Yage, who live in the Guangxi Province of southern China. It should have been a day of joy, for their child was born. However, the couple already had a 12-year-old son and in this country of harsh communist rule, the law allows for only one child.
Wei was seven months into her pregnancy when officials came for her, and the terrible nightmare began. She was dragged outside, shoved into the back of an official's car, and taken to the hospital. You would normally see many healthy newborns in this hospital, but not on that day. It had become a horror house; its rooms filled with women at all stages of pregnancy whose unborn children would meet the same destiny as Wei's.
Forced into a private room, Wei and her husband were offered a consent form to sign for the abortion. The government family-planning officers, now a group of half a dozen women and several men, added that they would sign the form if Wei declined. As Christians, Wei and Liang believe it is wrong to take the life of an unborn child.
Though Wei and Liang had understood that they might get fined as a punishment for a second child, they had no idea of the cruelty awaiting them. Two hours after arriving at the hospital, the procedure took place. They gave Wei three injections. The first, injected in the baby's skull, induced labor, the second injection contained poison. Wei does not remember the objective of the third shot.
Wei was in labor for many hours - a slow, heartbreaking countdown to the last moment when the child they long-awaited would be born. The officers stayed with her, even trailing her to the restroom, to make sure she did not run away. After almost 16 hours of labor, their son was born. Wei asked to see her stillborn baby. But as the hospital workers wrapped him in a trash bag to dump him in a trash can, a visiting friend took a look at the baby and told Wei that the body was "black"-a sign of profound bruising. Wei lost spirit; she no longer wanted to see her son. She was sent home the same day as the abortion.
In a meeting with World magazine, Liang remembers one thing: It all happened so unexpectedly. "We felt so shocked;" he said. "We had no choice and no freedom and it's just so painful." Even days later, Wei began to cry at any mention of their lost child.
In the same Chinese province, during the same 24-hour time period, 60 other women lost their babies - and not by choice. The same rough treatment was forced upon the others as on Liang and Wei.
China has been the location of the 2008 Olympic Games. While many celebrated, the Christians in that land are suffering. Please remember to pray for this part of humanity.
Source: World Magazine