We already knew about China’s inhumane one-child policy — about the babies that are killed simply for being born female. But there’s another practice in the country many people aren’t aware of. For a woman to get a C-section, her family must give permission — even when medical emergency comes into play.
Often, C-sections or live-saving or necessary for the health and safety of the mother and baby. In a horrific incident this week, a mother who was 41 weeks pregnant and in severe pain was denied permission for the procedure by her family.
After being seen on hospital video footage doubled over in pain near elevators, the mother reportedly jumped five stories to her death, killing her unborn child as well as herself.
A Chinese pregnant woman committed suicide after being denied a C-section. The story has sparked outrage on social media. Who is to blame? pic.twitter.com/97zFy4w2KU
— China News 中国新闻网 (@Echinanews) September 7, 2017
The 26-year-old mother said the baby was causing her such pain that she needed a C-section to get the baby out. Doctors had examined the woman and said she needed the operation because the baby’s head was too big.
After begging repeatedly, her family continued to say “no” to her pleas. Under Chinese law, they must give permission no matter what the health situation at hand is.
Medical notes from the hospital said this: “The pregnant woman twice walked out of the ward to tell her family that she wanted a caesarean because she could no longer bear the pain, but the family continued to insist on a natural delivery.”
When you talk about “reproductive rights,” — these are the the ones that need addressed first. The first priority should be the health and safety of a woman and her child — not the wants and needs of her family. It is absolutely unbelievable this woman was denied the medical care she needed — and goes to show the abhorrent nature of human rights in China once again.
While progressives in America are worried about giving women the right to kill their healthy unborn children up to 9 months of pregnancy, women in China are dying because they are denied life saving medical care when they desperately need it. We need a new definition of “reproductive rights.”