By Yining Su
Shen Hongxia in Wenzhou a few years ago. Image credit: YNXXB News.
A woman is Hubei has died after being forced to undergo a sterilisation procedure, according to the South China Morning Post.
Shen Hongxia, a 42 year old mother of two, had been warned by doctors that the sterilisation operation would be dangerous for her health.
Nonetheless, Shen received the operation on March 19, and bled to death later that day.
Local family planning officials repeatedly visited Shen and her husband Cheng Shixiong to pressure them into agreeing to a sterilisation operation. Officials had promised to get a hukou for Shen and Cheng’s youngest child, a one year old boy.
Without a hukou, or household registration, the boy would be unable to attend school when the time came.
Officials responsible in Tongshan county, where Shen lived, denied that the sterilisation had been forced, as Shen had signed the documents for the surgery herself.
“If you trip and fall when you are walking, does it mean you have to blame the people who built the roads?” One said.
Great analogy. But I have a way to improve it. Say you were not able to walk, for medical reasons. Then, someone came to you and told you to get up from your wheelchair and try to walk, otherwise your son would not be able to go to school or be legally recognized as a person. So you try to get up, and walk, for the sake of your son. Only, you can’t! So you trip and fall.
Who do you blame, then? Probably not the people who built the roads. Probably the people who pressured you to walk, when it was clear that you couldn’t walk.
[Ed.: Also, if you trip and fall because a road / population control policy was negligently constructed or maintained, then yes, you do blame the people who built it.]